That's why I love Magnatunes as well.
Thank heavens for it.
----- Original Message ----- From: "The Scarlet Wombat" <coconut@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 6:59 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: public domain
Often, the issue is the performance rather than the music. The work of Bach is by no means in copyright, but a given performance is. That is why the magnatunes.com site is so good. They offer their music royalty free for noncommercial podcasts and casts of commercial groups like me if they earn less than 50k per year.
Midi performances are also not copyrightable because a midi stream is merely a formula, like a recipe. A recording of a midi performance might be copyrighted, but the actual midi data is not and you can take anyone's midi file and use your own synth with no copyright infringement.