As a conductor, I understand that the best way to review music is to have the whole score in front of you. Personally, I find the limited “sample pages” that many web sites provide to be of little value. But I also understand that posting complete scores nearly ensures that they will be pirated. Therefore, I have opted for an in-between approach, one that provides you with all that you need to evaluate any score.
As a rule, I will provide all pages of a score with a few measures blurred out and a “For Perusal Only” watermark. These watermarks are not PDF overlays and therefore cannot be removed. Each perusal score can be legally printed so that it can be taken to your piano or desk for further study and review.
This should avoid the need to purchase one copy.
I know that most people in the choral music business are honest, so please understand that I offer the following for edification purposes. If you do copy music, you not only place the assets of the institution you represent at risk, but potentially you place the singers, board members, and anyone connected to that organization at risk. The Retail Print Music Dealers Association offers the following:
The remedies provided by the law to a copyright owner mean that anyone found making illegal copies, or otherwise infringing, could face:
- Payment of from $500 to $20,000 (statutory damages) and if the courts finds willfulness, up to $100,000; and
- If willful infringement for commercial advantage and private financial gain is proved, fines of up to $100,000 and/or two years’ imprisonment, or both. (as of March 1, 1989)
If you want to know more, go here: Retail Print Music Dealers Association.