OT Copyright infringement?
I know this is way off machine based question, but so far, any question I have asked on any subject has at least a few experts, so here goes!
There is a hymn with the title of "Nearer my God to Thee" that I would like to propose to the choir director to adapt to our male chorus. Seeing how the hymn is printed into many church hymnals it would seem to be in the public domain, but is there a way to find out? Also, to make it work for our group, sheet music would have to be ordered, and then adapted to a soloist(me,probably) meaning key change possibly and some other small changes. Would these changes to published music be infringement? By the way, we are a non-profit chorus, just ask for a free-will contribution at our concerts.
Anybody who is a Tennessee Ernie Ford fan has probably heard the arrangement I am thinking of, me being a baritone/bass it fits me just fine!
Re Copyright Infringement
Originally Posted by swellwelder
Firstly, I'm a new member so greetings from the U.K.
From my printing days I remember a few people getting sued for copying hymns without permission, I think they where used for wedding stationery but not too sure.
I think in the U.K. it is the "University Press" Oxford who hold a great deal of the copyrights to hymns. At the bottom of the hymn it will show who wrote the hymn and give a reference to the copyright holder.
I tried to check this for you last night but could not find the page in the hymnal it was refering to, you may have better luck.