Well here we are, Advent is upon us and so the Christmas season has begun. Wormell Music has been working hard to bring you some super Christmassy arrangements. I know it is the season to be jolly and in the main we are but it’s time to have a little grump!
At Wormell Music we take copyright very seriously. The law as it stands in this country is that music does not come into the public domain until 70 years after the death of the composer. So in order to arrange and sell music that is not yet in the public domain we have to apply for a licence and pay up front. We also have to follow the rules set out to us by the company issuing the licence. Therefore we can not sell the pieces as downloads but have to sell printed copies and with that in mind and of course the cost of the licence itself our prices for such pieces are higher than other pieces we might sell.
It is therefore very distressing when we find arrangements for these pieces downloadable for free on the internet. Both the person offering and the people downloading are breaking the law. It may seem like a small thing but the affect on those of us who try to abide by the law is huge. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is one such piece. We have a great arrangement of it for sale and you will receive a good quality printed copy of it which will be completely legal but how can we compete with lesser arrangements being given away for free?
So here at Wormell Music we have one wish for Christmas – Please only buy music that is not breaking the law.
We have a mixture of music on our site, some requiring these licenses and some not so there is something there for every pocket.
So grumps are now over, time to play a few carols, start the wine mulling, put a log on the fire and snuggle in out of the cold.
Happy Advent everyone and Happy Playing!