The term "copyright" refers to the property/ownership rights of the creator of an intellectual work such as music. Although not always tangible, a creative work is still property. The Canadian Copyright Act protects the rights of creators to retain control over, and be compensated for, the use of their intellectual property. Many people don't realize that the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials such as print music is in essence theft of property. As music educators, we all recognize the value of creativity. Music teachers can play an important role in encouraging their students to respect composers' efforts by ensuring that students are made aware of the intent of the Canadian Copyright Act.
What is copyright?
Can a teacher copy music for educational purposes?
Can I photocopy music in order to facilitate a page turn?
Can I photocopy music from an out-of-print publication?
Do I need permission to copy works of long-dead composers?
How can I obtain permission to photocopy a piece of music?
How can I receive review publications for inclusion in our festival syllabus?
Does RCM Publishing accept manuscripts?
How can I access out of print publications?