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Virtual Scores and their MIDI Analogs: Copyright and Licensing Issues
New York, May 2003

On May 5, 2003, Columbia Law School's Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and
the Arts will sponsor a conference: "Virtual Scores and their MIDI
Analogs: Copyright and Licensing Issues." The conference is open to the
public, and will provide a forum to an interdisciplinary group of speakers
that includes: composers and educators; music score software developers;
librarians, music score publishers and distributors; copyright academics
and practitioners; and principals of digital scholarly information
enterprises in other fields in the humanities.

We anticipate a lively discussion of copyright ambiguities in U.S. and
international copyright law raised by the digital creation and
distribution of music scores and MIDI files. These issues have not yet
been explored at any conference or in published scholarship in law, music
or computing technology. We believe that this airing of diverse views on
these issues will be a significant first step in clarifying and resolving
some of the copyright concerns that currently inhibit more widespread
adoption of digital score software and the highly manipulable artifacts
that this technology makes possible. The conference website at presents,
in addition to a brief description of the technology and copyright issues
it raises, the program; a partial list of speakers; and information on

Charles Cronin