Is it copyright infringement if I start a website where people can request to have songs transcribed and musicians can transcribe the songs for them for a fee?

The final work will only be given to one person, it will not be posted on the internet.

Asked on July 14, 2012 under Business Law, New York


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the songs that will be transcribed by your new business via a website are songs that are already copyrighted and you do not have express written permission from the person owning the copyright, I see a significant copyright issue developing against your business and website.

I suggest that you consult with an attorney who practices in the area of intellectual law before you start up the venture that you have written about.

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