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Folk and traditional music - the genre that abc music notation was originally devised for and the main one that has adopted it - exists largely as an aural tradition.
Tunes and songs are freely shared at sessions, festivals and informal gatherings all over the world. Many contemporary musicians are prolific tune composers and song-writers and are happy for others to play and enjoy their music.
Nonetheless, here at the abc tune search, copyright is taken very seriously and the policy is that:
Excluded / included tunes
This means that any abc tune with a C:composer field (i.e. where the composer is indicated) is usually excluded.
Exceptions are those tunes:
Please also contact me if you are the owner of an online collection and you:
Composers who have given copyright consent
The following composers have given consent for their tunes to appear on abcnotation.com. Please enjoy their music!
IMPORTANT NOTE: the copyright of these tunes still rests with the composer and if you wish to use them in any commercial context (for example on stage or on a recording or in a book) you should contact the composer directly.
Please contact me if you would like to be added to the list above.
Note that for technical reasons, it's more difficult to add individual tunes to the copyright consent list, so it's easiest if you can give consent for all of your tunes. However, I can subsequently exclude individual tunes from having copyright consent.
(In other words, if you're happy for most of your tunes to appear on this site, it shouldn't be a problem; if you have a lot but want most to be excluded, the only way I can realistically accommodate that is to exclude all of them).
Non-copyright field values
The following C:composer field values have either been identified as non-copyright (many of these come from collections that were compiled more than 70 years ago, or from the use of the C: field to provide information other than the composer) or the composer has given their consent for the tunes to appear on this site. However, please contact me if you believe neither of these to be true for one of the values below.