The Code of Fair Practice

If a musical work is in copyright (which it will be if any of the composers, editors or authors have not been dead for more than 70 years, or if the printed editon has been published in the last 25 years, whichever is the longer) then copying the work and/or arranging it are infringements of the copyright unless the person doing so has either gained permission from the copyright owner to do so, or if they fall under any of the exceptions to the rule listed in the code.

The Code of Fair Practice has been agreed between composers, publishers and users of Printed Music. You can download it from the foot of this page.

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