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Legality Of Arranging

Here's my studied opinion on the legality of arrangements. It's general information as of February 2006 that can help inform you, but it isn't legal advice and cannot take the place of actually consulting your lawyer about your particular situation. WHERE DOES THE RIGHT TO MAKE MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS COME FROM? The constitution of the United States gives Congress the power and responsibility to encourage the arts. Title 17 of the United States Code is the law created by Congress pursuant to this charge which grants artists protection for their original works, including musical arrangements. Copyright protection in original musical works, including any accompanying words or sound recordings is provided by section 102 of this law. Section 103 makes clear that the protection afforded these original works also extends to derivative works. Artists' exclusive rights are described in section 106 and they include the exclusive rights to "prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work".

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Lip Buzz is the New Vocal Percussion

Mathew Selby, the former vocal percussionist for M-Pact began using lip-buzzing regularly in concert and on recordings in the mid to late nineties. Kickshaw's Jake Moulton began using the techniques at nearly the same time. It's not surprising that Jake later replaced Mathew when he stepped away from M-pact. Utah-based Eclipse began using Paul Hanson's lip-buzz to powerful effect in just the last several years. What's happening?

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Inside Oreo: A Jingle for Record Companies

{mosimage}Mi, mi, re, re, do, do, ti-sol. Hum it. Sound familiar? “Milk’s Favorite Jingle” is the name, but you know it as the Oreo Cookie Theme. September 2005 marked the Finals in the nationwide competition to replace the well-known melody with a brand new one. CASA reported that Blue Jupiter won first place, becoming the new voices for Oreo on a national radio commercial with CASA board member Diana Preisler providing the voiceover and co-production by CASA president Jonathan Minkoff and the Studio of American Idol's Randy Jackson. But that’s just the beginning of the role a cappella music plays in this story.

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2005 SoJam A Southern Success

When they said the south would rise again they just might have been referring to the applauding crowds at SoJam 2005. Standing ovations for New York hipsters Duwende and funky jazz favorites Cadence were the highlights of the Saturday pro concert, but impressive showings from barbershoppers New Release, Friday’s collegiate champion Sympathetic Vibration, hosts Almost Recess and their VP Dave Baumgartner (the ten minute drum solo man) made for an enjoyable and well-rounded concert.

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SoJam 2005

When they said the south would rise again they just might have been referring to the applauding crowds at SoJam 2005.