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Top > SongTrellis Site How-Tos > How does Luebbert handle posts which improperly infringe on copyrights?
 The instant Luebbert detects that someone has posted music that extensively quotes the melody of an unlicensed copyrighted work or quotes the features of an arrangement of an unlicensed copyrighted work, he deletes it from the site. The statuatory fine for publishing a copyrighted work without license is $150,000.
 SongTrellis is only licensed to present a musical composition when the composer of the work has personally posted it to the site or if it is so old that it is in the public domain.
 Composers who submit their own compositions and chord progression arrangements to SongTrellis give SongTrellis a license to present their work on the site.
 Chord progression scores that do not copy rhythmic motifs or specific sequences of chord voicings from an existing copyrighted arrangement do not infringe the copyright of the composer that invented the chord progression and may be posted to Song Discussions or the Harmony Project section of the site.
 Compositions that include melody that were written by composers who are represented by ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or the Harry Fox Agency (ie, works under copyright protetction) may not be presented on SongTrellis unless the webmaster receives a verified communication from the composer certifying that SongTrellis may present the work.
 If a work has been composed by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Bela Bartok, Arvo Paart, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Hillary Duff, or thousands of other copyright protected composers, only arrangements of the chord progressions from their music may be posted on SongTrellis. A composition, performance or arrangement that includes a substantial portion of the melody from one of their works infringes their copyright and may not be posted.
 If you notice a work on the site that you believe infringes on a non licensed work, contact Dave Luebbert immediately so that he can remove the offending piece.
 If you post work that infinges on the copyright of another composer, you may become party to a lawsuit for plagiarism.
Editor: David Luebbert; Updated: 12/11/15; 1905 hits.

Last update: Friday, November 10, 2000 at 12:50 PM.