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Remove the Copyright Restrictions on Accompanist Copies

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Young performers throughout the United States attend educational competitions to receive feedback and improve their performance skills. However, the very composers and publishers that these students support by buying their music have begun enforcing overly-restrictive rules on accompanist copies that limit a student's ability to make his/her music playable in competition. Since these students have already purchased the music legally and are simply seeking to make-up for poor book design, they are being un-fairly targeted by composers and artists, many of whom are these students idols. By forbidding the use of photocopies even when the original purchased copy is sitting on the piano, publishing houses force an unnecessary financial hardship on many students by requiring them to buy an additional copy online, or purchase a book to cut apart and re-bind at an additional expense. This decision is motivated ONLY by profit and targeted at young performers and their parents, most of whom will NEVER profit from public performances of the music in question. Please sign this petition to encourage publishers to stop these agressive practices and pledge to stop purchasing published sheet music collections (in book form) for yourselves or your students until composers and publishers give NATS, MENC, and other organizations clearance to change competition policies on copies for accompanists.

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