minstrel: Wah! Composer's block!

Frederick Joseph Ross fjr6b at galileo.phys.virginia.edu
Mon Jul 19 08:22:38 PDT 2004

I'm sorry, I'm drawing a distinction that may not be clear.  For me 
"melody" refers to some instance of melodic material, subject to mutation, 
imitation, inversion, and all the rest.  If by "melody" others here mean 
the whole sonic structure of the piece, then I agree it does fall under 
the purview of copyright.

On Mon, 19 Jul 2004, Holly wrote:

> At 08:11 AM 7/19/2004 -0400, Fred wrote:
> >Can melodies be copyrighted?  If so, then there's more wrong with
> >copyright law than I thought.
> Why do you say that?  Do you think that composers (those who write using 
> music) should be afforded less protection and fewer rights than lyricists 
> (those who write with words) or book authors?
> Linette de Gallardon,
> sorry to participate in the opening of the can o'worms, but it needed to be 
> responded to....

Fred Ross
High Energy Physics Laboratory
University of Virginia

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