Unix "awk" scripts are available that will take ChordPro files and create simple ASCII lyrics-plus-chords files as chordpro.utils in the /music/programs directory at mirrors of the Music Archives.
NOTE: EMI has expressed concern that OLGA infringes on copyrights. Many OLGA-related sites have been closed until the matter is resolved, including this site. See the OLGA section for more information.
NOTE: As of May 1996, Adam's files have been take off the web due to a threatened lawsuit from anonymous lawyers. Visit the site to find the latest news on the situation; we hope short-sighted publishers get a little more sense and allow this site to re-open.
OLGA is maintained by Cal Woods , a philosophy student at Trinity College, Dublin.
The best place for up-to-date OLGA information is the OLGA Home Page.
Please note that the OLGA sites are currently under legal attack by EMI. As of Spring 1996, many OLGA mirrors have denied access, not only to users, but also to the archivists. The future of the OLGA sites is obviously in jeopardy; the sites listed here may not be available. You can learn more about this controversy from the following sources:
OLGA at Nevada:
The original OLGA site at Nevada was closed in February 1996 as a result of legal threats from EMI. In the hopes it may reopen, here's how to find it. The Nevada OLGA site is at ftp.nevada.edu in /pub/guitar ; access is sometimes difficult, although it has improved greatly since the introduction of mirror sites. You'll probably have more success using the Nevada archive gopher server .
One of the most popular and accessible USA OLGA mirrors is AOL's OLGA Mirror at mirrors.aol.com . A more recent one boasting of speed is the UTexas OLGA mirror.
An accessible European mirror is at ftp.uu.net .
We've compiled a list of OLGA mirrors here at FolkBook; Adam Schneider has compiled another list of OLGA mirrors with a nice graphical interface.
OLGA Search Engines:
Finally, Guitar Music Archive Search and The Searchable LEO Music Index (both described above) provide web-capable search engines for the various OLGA mirrors. Pierre Aubert's Serveur de Partitions Guitar Tablature is also (apparently) a web-based OLGA mirror with a French-language interface (some English, too), and a search page .
You'll find even more information about OLGA at Doc's Guitarland OLGA page.
Publishers monitor the reproduction of musical (and other) works, including reproduction on recorded media (CDs, cassettes, videos and other formats) and printed music. There are many music publishers; some with a particularly large and prominent clientele include Warner Publications, EMI, and Hal Leonard. The PROs are not publishers, and do not administer rights for the recorded or printed reproduction of music. The National Music Publishers' Association has established the Harry Fox Agency to act as a central clearinghouse and monitoring service for licensing musical copyrights. Their web site has a wealth of information about licensing copyrights both within and out of the US. For churches licensing music for worship, Christian Copyright Licensing International administers copyright licensing. Some publishers have web sites providing access to their catalog of published works, allowing you to check the copyright status of songs. See the list of publishers below.
The laws covering copyrights and performing rights appear complicated and subtle to non-lawyers (like the compilers of these web pages!); but the following online resources shed quite a bit of light on the issues of immediate relevance to songwriters and performing musicians. If you are interested in how these and other legal issues apply specifically to Internet media, you should visit the Cyberspace Law For Non-Lawyers site.
Works in the public domain can be performed and recorded without royalties. For information on Public Domain works, and a variety of other more general copyright information, visit PD Info: Public Domain Music.
Agencies in other countries that administer various performing, mechanical, and copyright rights include:
For some general background about PROs, see Everything You Wanted to Know About Music Performing Rights Organizations But Were Afraid to Ask!
See also "The Operating Dynamics Behind... The U.S. Performing Rights Societies," by Barry M. Massarsky (in HTML and ASCII text versions). For a more critical take, read guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid's ASCAP & BMI -- Protectors of Artists or Shadowy Thieves?.
Recently there seems to have been a lot of "negative energy" in the community of folk/acoustic musicians regarding PROs and how they serve the folk/acoustic community. There is good reason to hope the situation is not as bad as it has been made to appear, and that it may improve dramatically in the near future. PRO issues of direct relevance to folk/acoustic musicians are regularly discussed on the folk_music and FolkBiz list servers. Consult the digests for recent discussion. If you are looking for reasons for optimism, read this collection of posts from the folk_music/FolkBiz moderator, Alan Rowoth, and ASCAP's Assistant Vice President, Ron Sobel.
A similar document, specifically addressing legal concerns associated with digital distribution of recorded music (e.g., MP3), is Bob Kohn's Primer on the law of webcasting and digital music delivery.
Also, take a look at Terry Carroll's Copyright FAQ. It was regularly posted to the following newsgroups until 1993: misc.legal, misc.legal.computing, misc.int-property, comp.patents, misc.answeres, comp.answers, news.answers. It is lengthy but very informative, though it has not been significantly updated since 1994 (future updates are planned). If you have trouble accessing this site, here is a local copy in plain text format.
A useful document, "10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained" by Brad Templeton, regularly appears on the new Usenet users newsgroup. The version hosted here is from Spring of 1996.
The Songwriter Information page hosted by BMI contains links to various information of interest to songwriters wishing to copyright their work, including the following:
Stanford University's Copyright and Fair Use site is an electronic archive of information on copyright law focused particularly on issues related to interpretation of "fair use" of copyrighted material, on the Internet and elsewhere. The site contains the full text of court decisions, legislation and international copyright agreements, as well as related articles on the topic.
For definitive (though perhaps legalistic) information, check the United States Copyright Office at The Library of Congress (also here).
Copyright law; HTML provided by the Legal Information Institute:
The Writer's Guild of America provides a registration service that provides a record of when a work was completed. They accept lyrics. See their WGA Registration Services Page for more information.
Finally, the "Hit Me" Useful Pages site has information and links on copyright and trademark issues for musicians.
If your browser can display graphical background images, you may be wondering what the music is that we used for a background for this page. It's Phil Keaggy's "Evensong," from his 1978 instrumental release, The Master and the Musician. You can find out more about Phil Keaggy at Way Back Home, the Phil Keaggy Home Page .
Tom Loredo / firstname.lastname@example.org