We frequently see posts out there in blog-land wondering about the copyright implications of Noteflight, and on the legal implications of doing this or that. For instance, a recent post on Noteflight on the blog Reasonable Deviations asked:
This web app raises some interesting questions regarding copyright infringement. If I write a sheet of a song which was composed by someone else, am I violating any copyright law? If I share that music sheet with other Noteflight users, am I doing anything illegal? Will Noteflight be held liable for promoting the distribution of copyrighted material?
I figure it never hurts to clarify this stuff. It is a complicated business and we’ve spent a lot of time at Noteflight thinking about it. We’ve even paid lawyers to help us understand it (and it takes a lot to get us to spend that kind of money).
Now to examine those specific questions, though:
Feel free to post comments here or email support and we’ll do our best to respond with further clarification. In any case, it felt like a good moment to try to summarize the main copyright and intellectual property points.