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What means "Public domain"?
Public Domain means: These works are free to use for anybody. There ist no longer any copyright on the composition or the typeset.
What is the difference between reprinted music and public domain?
B-Note offers three kinds of editions: Own editions, public domain music and reprints. Our own editions are copyrighted as usual, but we mostly allow copying for private purposes - e.g. for choir performance. Reprints are revised reproductions of older editions of works in the public domain. Depending on the grade of revision, these B-Note editions can have an own copyright. But we concede private copies for these editions, too. Public domain editions are printed books of free, public available music sources. They can be reproduced unlimited.
When is music going to public domain?
70 years after the composer's death, his works go to public domain. But: This time limit applies to librettists and arrangers, too. So it can be said: A musical work is in public domain, when all involved artists are death for more than 70 years. But there are other time lines. Scientific editions and first-time publications of newly discovered works of any age have their own protection: 25 after the first publication. Finally, there are restrictions in the sense of competition law. The printed deign of sheet music is protected for 50 years after the first publication. B-Note complies with all these regulations.