What is the Free-scores.com license?
It is a tool to sell or give your permission for public performances of your scores. Your scores are still freely available. This service provides an additional way to monetize your content clearly indicating to visitors that your sheet music requires a license for use outside the private area.
We offer two types of licenses :
Licence to authorize public performances
(live concerts and shows)
License to authorize the use in educational settings
(teachers and music schools)
For members who added the scores:
By selling the Free-scores.com licenses, you establish a clear framework for musicians who want to play your works in public / or use your works in an educational setting.
The Free-scores.com licenses facilitates approach between composers, arrangers and musicians by providing a transaction tools for delivering these permissions.
For people who download and play scores in public:
Buy today Free-scores.com licenses, you make sure you have the necessary authorizations from right holders. Free-scores.com issue a certificate after each transaction that will allow you to prove to a jury or other authority regarding the good regulatory practice of the sheet music use.
Principles for the seller:
Free-scores.com gives you the tools necessary to sell your authorization licenses:
- A shopping cart for the sale of licenses.
- You earn money from the 1st sold authorization.
- You do not have to sell your licenses, you can offer them for free.
- Your sheet music are still available for free download on Free-scores.com.
- Free-scores.com provided a certificate musicians as evidence (eg for competitions) .
Prerequisites for the seller:
- You have to offer free access sheet music on free-scores.com which you own the rights.
- You must have a Paypal account (but is not required if you offer free licenses only).
- Your Paypal account must have a verified status ( consult paypal about this).
- Here is example of sheet music page offering paid licenses.
- Here is a PDF preview page with a cover page (it is important to enable Free-scores.com cover page with the licenses because it reminds offline existence of the license.))
Frequently Asked Questions::
Copyright and uses
You'll find on free-scores.com copyright notices :
- Personal Copyright : This copyright notice relates to sheet music added by composers, arrangers, and publishers who use free-scores.com for sharing their works. It is shown as "Copyright Composer name © All rights reserved" or is announced by an equivalent sentence. The use of the sheet music is only allowed in private area. All other uses by the musicians must be authorized provided by the beneficiary of the sheet music. Free-scores.com can deliver these authorizations via our Free-scores.com License. The license comes with a tool that allows to make free and commercial transaction between composers and musicians in the context of public performance and/or teaching exploitation - see Further up this page for information on free-scores.com license.
If the composer is associated to an authors' society, concert organizers are required to report the songs played in public.
For more information about Authors' societies.
- Public Domain - Any music in the public domain is either
entirely out of copyright, or has been placed in the public domain by the composer/arranger/editor.
You can basically do what you like with this music - print it out, sell it,
change it, distribute it, record it, and perform it, etc.
- Creative Commons licence - A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. For more
information, see the Creative Commons website at: http://creativecommons.org/
- Free Art License:
More information about this coypright on
- CPDL copyright
license: This is a type of open-source license which allows users
to download, print, copy and distribute a score freely. The only restriction
is that, if any changes are made to a score or text, the subsequent modified
version must still be released under the same license conditions.
Full licence text available on : http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/ChoralWiki:CPDL