Archive for December, 2013

Also, this Christmas season, there was a performance of my string orchestra arrangement of the carol Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella. This performance was perhaps a little tentative, but there was only one rehearsal prior to the concert. Listen to: Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 23:05 | no comments
Category: Music

My largest work to premier this year was for a patriotic program, I Hear America Singing. It’s written for Baritone soloist, mixed chorus, and orchestra. The text is from Walt Whitman. I wrote it with the wonderful voice of Thomas Potter in mind, and was very fortunate that he was available for the performance. Listen […]

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 19:06 | no comments
Category: Music

Great article by Rick Falkyinge about how the copyright changes have never been about benefiting the only real stakeholders in copyright, the public! Read the article here.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 11:23 | no comments
Category: Copyright

An interview with Maria Pallante, Head of the US Copyright Office, and discussion of the upcoming leadership roundtables with music creators: Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive | Billboard.    

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 16:14 | no comments
Category: Copyright

Nice article by Michael Carrier about the emphasis on infringing uses of copyright and under appreciation of non-infringing uses: Copyright’s Blind Spot: The Innovation Asymmetry

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 16:08 | no comments
Category: Copyright

This is one of my own favorites from my series of original Christmas carols for string quartet (or string orchestra), Shepherds. Listen to: Shepherds.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 14:42 | no comments
Category: Music

Remarks made yesterday by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce: Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy | NTIA.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 17:31 | no comments
Category: Copyright

Last year, First United Methodist Church of Orlando liked one of my Christmas carols (originally for chorus and organ) so much that they commissioned an orchestral arrangement. I probably wouldn’t have considered doing that on my own, and it turned out really well. Thanks, Bill! Listen to: A Christmas Carol. You can also download the […]

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 11:29 | no comments
Category: Music

Australian record labels take legal action against restaurants and cafes not paying fees for background music. Read the article here.  

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Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 17:42 | no comments
Category: Copyright

A very interesting article on how, especially prior to the Chace Act of 1891, authors and publishers dealt with the lack of copyright protections for non-American authors. How Writers Coped Without Copyright – Reason.com.

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Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 20:42 | no comments
Category: Copyright