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Question Regarding Arranging A Public Domain Piece For Marching Band


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I'm not sure this is exactly the correct category for this, but it felt close enough.

I, or rather, my band, is looking to arrange and play a public domain piece for our show next year, specifically Petrushka by Stravinsky. I know that to arrange a copyright piece you have to file a request and possibly pay a fee depending on the piece. I haven't been able to find any information regarding public domain pieces, but I assume we wouldn't have to go through the same channels as with a copyright piece.

If anyone could provide any information and/or links regarding doing this it would be greatly appreciated.

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This work is most likely NOT public domain in either Canada and other countries where the term is life+50 years (like China, Japan, Korea and many others worldwide), or the EU and in countries where the copyright term is life+70 years. However, as this work was first published before 1923 or failed to meet notice or renewal requirements, it is almost certainly public domain in the USA

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If you're in the USA, and the above is correct, it should be fine to do whatever you want. Otherwise you need to make an arrangement with the rights holders.  I am not a lawyer, and you should probably see one if you want a definitive answer.

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