Oh-so-exciting explanation of legal issues regarding the use of scores and recordings made available on Muse Excite:
As a Canadian composer, the Copyright Act, RSC 1985, c C-42 makes Ryan the first owner of copyright of a musical score he has created. In general, this gives him the sole right to:
- Produce, reproduce, publish, adapt, and publicly perform the scores;
- Be associated by name with the scores, as well as any translations, adaptations, recordings, and public telecommunications, as author;
- Decide how the works can be used in association with any product, service, cause, or institution;
- Seek legal action if any of his work is modified or used in a way that is prejudice to his honour or reputation.
Canada is a signatory to the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions, international treaties that ensure copyright owners are granted similar rights in all signatory countries.
However, Ryan generally uses his distribution rights to publish his original scores and recordings on this website (muse-excite.com) for all purposes covered by the Canadian legal concept of “fair dealing” (research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody, and satire). Financial support for this website, with donations of any size deemed appropriate, can be done by way of PayPal. To discuss commissions, performances, recordings, adaptations and/or commercial licensing, please contact Ryan at 226-456-0926.
Commercial performers looking to enter into a contract for the use of Ryan’s performance rights in public performance, broadcasting, fixation or retransmission, can contact the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), which is the Canadian copyright collective for the right to communicate to the public and publicly perform musical works.