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1) What can you do with the Band-in-a-Box files on this site

2) What can you do with the Band-in-a-Box files you have purchased from Norton Music

1) What can you do with the Band-in-a-Box files on this site.

This site contains Band-in-a-Box sequences to the chord progressions of many popular songs. Read the associated Memo file in Band-in-a-Box (click the Memo button to the right of the song title) for example song titles for the Band-in-a-Box sequence of the same name.

Each Band-in-a-Box sequence contains a chord progression only. There are no copyrighted melodies or lyrics in any of these sequences. The song titles are used only to identify a particular type of chord progression. Each sequence makes no attempt to copy any particular recording or arrangement of the song from which the chord progression was 'borrowed'. The song titles used to identify a particular chord progressions are not the only songs that use that chord progression. Conservation of storage space on my server limits me to noting only one or two titles per chord progression.

As far as I know* you may write your own original melody to any Band-in-a-Box sequenced chord progression in this site without  violating any nation's copyright laws. I believe educators may use these Band-in-a-Box sequences with copyrighted melodies to teach their students under the fair use laws of most countries. I also believe musicians may use these chord progressions with copyrighted melodies in establishments that pay royalties to ASCAP, BMI, and other publishing rights organizations. According to US federal law, the fair use of a work "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research" is not a copyright infringement. But several factors come into play in any determination of what is or isn't fair use: whether the work is commercial or intended for nonprofit educational purposes; the nature of the copyrighted work; how much of the work is used; and what effect the use has on the market value of the copyrighted work.
(* Note: I am neither a lawyer, nor am I legally qualified to give legal advice. If unsure, check with a professional.) Since this archive is available to the entire world, and copyright laws vary from country to country, you are responsible for using these sequences in accordance with your local copyright laws.

You may use any of these Band-in-a-Box file sequences in your web page(s) without paying royalties to Norton Music as long as they are unaltered and you provide credit and a link to Norton Music**. You also have permission to use my song title for the Band-in-a-Box file chord progression. If you use anyone else's song title you are responsible for all copyright clearances and/or royalty payments. (Norton Music cannot grant license for you to use anybody else's copyrighted material.)

It is understood that although you have permission to use these Band-in-a-Box files, Bob "Notes" Norton d/b/a Norton Music retains all copyright ownership and rights to these files.

This permission agreement may be changed or revoked at Norton Music's discretion.

PS My lawyer made me say all of this stuff.

2) What can you do with the Band-in-a-Box files you have purchased from Norton Music

Legal use of copyrighted style and song files for Band-in-a-Box.

(Copyright laws in simple English.)

What you can and what you cannot legally do with following products:

First of all, if you did not purchase these disks directly from Norton Music or an authorized dealer, you are not allowed to possess it. Any possession, use, or distribution of an unauthorized style or song file may result in legal action being taken against you and may result in a fine and/or jail term (my lawyer made me say this).

If you have an illegal copy, please contact me and I can convert it to a legal one.

NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU, WHO HAVE LEGAL COPIES, read on...

We truly hope the products you purchased from us help you make a double platinum CD, write a movie soundtrack, land a choice gig, get chosen in an audition, get your song published, have a number one hit on Billboard, and/or win a Grammy and an Oscar. WE WISH YOU GREAT SUCCESS, and you won't owe us an extra penny, even if you make a fortune using our products, as long as you use them according to the terms of this license agreement.

THIS LICENSE APPLIES ONLY TO THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER AND IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. If you sell or give away your computer, you are required by law to remove these files before it leaves your possession.

NORTON MUSIC, AND ROY HAWKESFORD STYLES ARE ROYALTY FREE STYLES. In addition, Norton Music Fake Disk, Jim Wedd Chord Substitution Disk, David Bailey Fake Disk, and Roy Hawkesford arrangement disk files are Royalty Free songs. You have our permission to use any MIDI files and/or audio sound recordings made with our style/song files for Band-In-A-Box without paying any royalties to us (audio recordings include; records, tapes, CDs, video soundtracks, radio spots, WAV files, AIFF files, MP3 files, MPEG files, MOV files, etc.). You also have our permission to use these files in a public performance without any paying royalties to us.

NORTON MUSIC, ROY HAWKESFORD, JIM WEDD, AND DAVID BAILEY style, arrangement and fake disks contain chord progressions only. No copyrightable lyrics, melodies, melody fragments or song specific riffs are included. Many songs usually share the same chord progression and as far as I know, a chord progression itself cannot be copyrighted. If you use these chord progressions to play copyrighted songs, you are responsible to comply with all local, national and international copyright laws.

IF YOU PRODUCE A COMMERCIAL PRODUCT WITH THIS SOFTWARE, we do ask that you notify the copyright holder, and that you give the copyright holder credit in the appropriate area of the product, near the other credits (song writer, arranger, musicians, etc.). Suggested credit is "Band-in-a-Box style by Norton Music" (or whoever).

Although you have a license to use the software in the above-described manner, it is understood that NORTON MUSIC, JIM WEDD, DAVID BAILEY AND ROY HAWKESFORD RETAIN ALL COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP OF THEIR RESPECTIVE SOFTWARE. (All rights Reserved.)

YOU MAY NOT DISTRIBUTE ANY NORTON MUSIC, JIM WEDD, DAVID BAILEY, OR ROY HAWKESFORD PRODUCT FOR BAND-IN-A-BOX (either modified or in its original form) IN ANY FILE FORMAT THAT CAN BE LOADED INTO THE BAND-IN-A-BOX PROGRAM, (with the exception of the aforementioned MIDI files which are allowed). This means you cannot share files with the following extensions:
   [A] In the case of a Style Disk or a style file *.STY
   [B] In the case of a Fake Disk, Arrangement Disks, or a song file, *.SG?, *.MG?, etc.

NOTE: This includes either for profit or not for profit distribution. One of the biggest misconceptions on the Internet is that if money doesn't change hands, anything is legal. Nothing can be farther from the truth. ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAW, SHARING A COPYRIGHTED FILE IS ILLEGAL AND CAN SUBJECT YOU TO A JAIL TERM AND/OR FINE EVEN IF NO MONEY CHANGES HANDS.

NO NORTON MUSIC, JIM WEDD, DAVID BAILEY, OR ROY HAWKESFORD STYLE OR SONG FILE MAY BE REPRODUCED, TRANSMITTED, COPIED, OR STORED IN A RETRIEVAL SYSTEM IN ANY FORM, OR BY ANY MEANS, WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION OF NORTON MUSIC, JIME WEDD, DAVID BAILEY, OR ROY HAWKESFORD. This includes but is not limited to the Internet, networks, and bulletin board services.

If you use our product to play or record a song that is copyrighted, YOU ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THESE FILES IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAWS.

To obtain written permission to use any of these files in any unusual, unauthorized, or questionable manner, contact Norton Music:
   http://www.nortonmusic.com/contact.htm

All Norton Music products are:
    Copyrighted by Bob "Notes" Norton - all rights reserved.
All Roy Hawkesford products are:
    Copyrighted by Roy Hawkesford - all rights reserved.
This document is:
    Copyrighted by Bob "Notes" Norton - all rights reserved.

PS My lawyer made me say all of this stuff too.
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