Originally Posted by psalm_choir
Sa akin pong palagay, maging ito ay awiting pang simbahan o hindi. Dapat igalang natin ang pagmamay-ari ng composer sa mga awitin. Dapat itong tuluyang ipagbawal. Kung wala po tayong pambili ng songbook, mag fundraising po tayo o humingi ng tulong sa parokya. Hindi po excuse na wala tayong pambili o walang mabili sa lugar natin.
Kung wala po tayong pambili, wag na lang nating pag-aralan, kasi po kadalasan gusto laman nating ipagmalaki na nakakanta natin ang mga piyesa na mahirap kantahin, nawawala na po ang diwa ng paglilingkod kung "ego" o yabang na ang nasa isip.
Kung ako ang tatanungin, dapat ihinto na ang pag request ng mga pyesa na copyright kasi ito ay labag sa batas. Makuntento tayo kung anong meron tayo at magpasalamat kung mayrong nag donate ng pambili.
With this line of thinking, I doubt if, for example, the JMM will be able to reach out to the provinces and promote their music.
First, as I've pointed out earlier, very limited lang ang distribution channels ng JMM (and, for that matter, most local publishers of church music). It is a fact that some of the people who have requested for sheet music on this boards are from the provinces and, often, from places that are too far away from what would have been the town center or the province. Business-wise, it is too costly for the JMM to mass-produce many songbooks in places where the market for such music books is undetermined. Come to think of it, would you have the logistics to be able to distribute these books in 1,000+ parishes all over the nation?
The irony of this, however, is that if we become too legalistic and become too engrossed in the letter of the law (as what you've posted), then it will stifle many music ministries and will limit the available number of songs that choirs in the country can sing. Otherwise, what's the point of publishing all those CDs and songbooks if no one will be able to at least know that they exist? Hindi mo rin mapupwersa ang ibang musicians sa inyong lugar na mag-compose ng maraming pyesa because composing music takes time, it is too naive an assumption to make.
Ako, for one, I'm of the opinion that the spirit of the IP Code intends that no one will make a profit out of copyrighted material and (more importantly) no one will be able to claim as his own what is not his work. What entails respect for the composer? Attribution...the act of acknowledging the creator of a work. Compensation for a composer's work, I look at this as a by-product of this respect...but I do not consider it as the end-all and be-all of "respecting" a composer. This is the same philosophy that makes Wikipedia a successful (anti-copyright) project: it doesn't matter if no one gets paid for his/her work, as long as credit is given where it is due. Ang mahalaga ay hindi mo inaangkin yung hindi mo naman gawa. Yun ang pangunahing pinag-iingatan ng batas.
Before I forget, let me re-emphasize that, per the IP Code, fair use is permitted in occasions when, in this regard, a copyrighted material is used in church service. In my choir's case, I photocopy sheet music so that my choir members can use it. However, to prevent abuse, what we do is to ask the choir members to hand over the photocopies after mass (and practice...because, naturally, you will have to practice the songs before the mass---covered pa rin ito ng fair use because we use it for instructional purposes). My choir does not distribute pieces outside our own but NOT
because of copyright laws...it's because some of the pieces are my own arrangement, and at this time I'm not inclined to distribute these pieces outside my own choir (competitive advantage ko yun, so to speak
If and when someone asks me for a photocopy of sheet music that is copyrighted and that I think they can easily buy (say, the JMM song books), I also ask these people to consider buying the real things as well...but also NOT because of copyright laws. What I tell them is that it's more practical to buy something permanent rather than rely on photocopies that would surely become faded in time, and thus should be considered as an investment. Trust me, most of the people I tell this to do buy the songbooks.
With regard to what I think about the requests forum...I do have something in mind, but I'm sure it'll be a controversial proposition to make, paniguradong mag-aalboroto yung ibang mga nag-sign up sa BP boards (I'm still working on it, though). I'll save that for another post.