St. Albert Rotary Music Festival
Rotary International

Copyright Policy

Photocopying/duplicating is illegal without the written permission of the copyright holder. The penalties for a breach of copyright law involve steep fines and possible jail time.

The St. Albert Rotary Music Festival does not tolerate the use of photocopied, duplicated or altered copyright music by its participants and/or accompanists unless a letter of permission is provided from the publisher. Failure to provide the necessary documentation will result in disqualification.

Most major publishers will grant permission to make up to three copies (provided you have the original), for a small fee or no fee at all. BUT you have to e-mail them and ask for permission. They will then instruct you on how many copies you may make and what needs to be written on the bottom of each copy. By making these arrangements, it is possible to have the additional copies for the adjudicator and accompanist if necessary.

Copying for a page turn is an infringement of copyright law unless permission has been obtained. Transpositions of an existing publication must also be authorized by the copyright holder.

Music in the Public Domain or publications that are out of print must be researched in order to clear their use for copying. Appropriate documentation is also required in this case.

Editions of music sold in print music stores or online that are not published in books are acceptable with documentation authorizing their use from the online source.