All About Copyright Law

Your Questions Answered: How Does Copyright Law Work?

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is why you can only print one copy of most sheet music titles after you purchase them. Well, the short answer is because we have an agreement with sheet music publishers to sell their property (the arrangement of a song) while fully protecting their rights under the law. Copyright law can be a tricky subject. It affects any tangible form of expression, including sheet music, recorded music, books, newspaper articles, movies, images and more. In addition to it ethically being the correct thing to do, adhering to copyright law obviously also has legal implications that, if aren’t followed properly, can have
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The March Musical Mania Grand Finale: Which Song Should be Crowned Champion?

Help your favorite song win! Just two songs remain from our bracket of 64 beloved contenders, “Over the Rainbow” from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Your votes will determine which song takes the March Musical Mania Championship title for 2014. Will it be the century’s ultimate soundtrack ballad, named ‘greatest movie song’ by the American Film Institute? Transcending genres and generations, the piece has been used as a backdrop to countless dreams over the years. Or, will the Billboard global chart-topper top the Musical Mania Bracket as well? Exuberantly upbeat and eternally cheerful,  it’s nearly impossible not to “clap along” with Mr. Williams, today’s pre-eminent popular
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Vote for Which Two Songs Should Compete in Our March Musical Mania Finale!

Our category contenders are: “Theme from Swan Lake,” representing Classical & Jazz, vs. “Over the Rainbow,” representing Movies & Musicals, and “Happy,” representing Pop & Rock, vs. “Bless the Broken Road,” representing Country & Christian. Vote for your finalists now! What started as 64 all-time favorite songs is now narrowed down to just four. Our March Musical Mania Tournament of Songs has had its share of upsets, close calls and even last-minute buzzer beaters. Now, it’s up to you to determine which two songs go head-to-head in this year’s most stirring musical battle. To see and/or purchase sheet music for any of the amazing songs in this year’s tournament, simply
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Musical Mania Bracket Round 4

March Musical Mania Epic Eight: Vote for Which Category Champs Move On!

And then there were eight! Vote for your favorite song remaining in each category to go on to our Fantastic Four, and compete for March Musical Mania Tournament of Songs Champion. Last round of voting was our closest yet. “Over the Rainbow” won by the thinnest margin possible, a single vote kept “Let It Go” out of our Epic Eight. And “Rhapsody in Blue” just squeaked past “What a Wonderful World,” earning its shot at the championship. If you’ve been playing along, and would like to preview, purchase and play any of the sheet music for songs featured in our March Musical Mania sheet music, simply click here. Vote today
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March Musical Mania Super 16: Vote for Which Songs Continue On to the Epic Eight!

Only 16 songs remain in the running for March Musical Mania Tournament Champion! Vote for your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below to determine which continue on to our Epic Eight. You also may still fill out a printable song bracket to follow all the action. We’ve seen some close match-ups in the first two rounds of play. “William Tell Overture” and “The Entertainer” came to a dramatic round 2 finish, befitting of Rossini’s galloping finale. And “I Can Only Imagine” fell to “Bless the Broken Road” by less than 10 percentage points , securing its spot in our Super 16. Vote today for which songs advance to the
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Fill out your bracket and vote for your favorite songs to move forward!

March Musical Mania Round Two: Vote for Which Songs Continue On in Our Tournament!

Round 2 of voting in our March Musical Mania Tournament is underway now! Vote for your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below, fill out a printable song bracket, and help decide which song will be crowned the 2014 champion! You will continue to narrow down the contenders for 4 categories in Round 2: Classical & Jazz, Movies & Musicals, Pop & Rock and Country & Christian, with 4 match-ups each. Cast your vote by choosing your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below. Hurry! The polls close at midnight CST on Thursday. You may vote in any of the match-ups you’d like. Remember to visit Musicnotes.com to see and
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Play March Musical Mania: Vote In Our Tournament of Songs!

We’ve organized the most major of song showdowns to celebrate tournament season. Vote for which song you think should continue in the “big musical dance” today,  fill out a printable song bracket to follow along with the fun, and see which song is crowned tournament champion on April 11th! There are 4 categories to vote for in Round 1: Classical & Jazz, Movies & Musicals, Pop & Rock and Country & Christian, with 8 match-ups each. Cast your vote by choosing your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below. You may vote in any of the match-ups you’d like. Remember to visit Musicnotes.com to see and hear the sheet music
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Downloadable Frozen Sheet Music

News: Frozen Sheet Music Breaks Sales Records

MADISON, WI – February 24, 2014 – Disney’s latest animated adventure, ‘Frozen,’ not only is proving to be a box-office behemoth and soundtrack smash, sheet music from the land of Arendelle is melting away the competition at Musicnotes.com, the world leader in downloadable sheet music and digital sheet music publishing. Downloadable sheet music for “Let It Go,” the film’s powerful tribute to embracing your individuality, has sold more than 25,000 copies since it was added to the Musicnotes catalogue early this year. Piano/Vocal/Chords, Singer Pro, Easy Piano and Beginner Notes sheet music for “Let It Go”  has outsold all other songs in each arrangement category. Additionally, many of the instrumental
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How to Travel With Musical Instruments

Scarier even than Snakes on a Plane are instruments on a plane, or anywhere else where you can’t see them or take care of them yourself. Maybe you’ve never had to travel with your instrument before, but even if you haven’t, you can still imagine just how sucky it would be to have your instrument break while in transit. (FYI: It’s really sucky.) I mean, you obviously need it; that’s why you brought it with you 50 or 100 or even 1,000 miles from home. And now it’s busted, and you have to fix it before that gig or audition or what-have-you. Let’s avoid all that entirely by following these steps:

"Stay" sheet music

News: Rihanna, Pink Songs Most Likely to be Seen on a Music Stand in 2013

MADISON, WI – February 4, 2014 – The smash hits “Stay” by Rihanna and “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink were the top choices for musicians to play in 2013, according to Musicnotes.com, the world’s leading sheet music e-retailer and publisher. Those songs ranked #1 and #2 respectively on the Top Ten List compiled by the company, which offers nearly 250,000 pieces of digital sheet music and guitar tablature. Musicnotes.com also released its Top 100 List of downloaded sheet music for 2013, comprising tunes that dominated the pop charts this past year as well as perennial favorites and everything in between.