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Copyright Notice and Disclaimer for "Geert's Ave Maria Pages" and AveWiki. 

By using or reading any part of this collection of WebPages, you indicate that you understand, agree to and accept this statement.

The collection of HTML pages and images found on this site are copyright 1995-2013 by Geert Cuypers.
The MIDI files on this website are not in the public domain! 
Even if the original compositions / tunes (melody and lyrics) are public domain, our arrangements and midi sequences are not and may not be copied, or used to print and redistribute the score of a song.

All information on this website was found through Internet research or submission by interested visitors. The songs and compositions themselves are therefore assumed to be in the public domain unless otherwise stated.
For compositions that are under copyright, we have received permission from the author / copyright holder to post those compositions in their entirity, or "fair usage" applies to the posting of these files in their current incomplete presentation format. "Samples" (partial recordings or partial depictions of scores) are a common practice on the Internet and are considered "fair usage" in the format as used in this website.

The use of sample images and / or soundfiles in this website is contended to be a fair use, since it is used solely for educational purposes in a not-for-profit encyclopedia, is necessary for cultural and historical purposes, and the material value of the possible copyright is not believed to be lessened by its use here.
It is believed that the use of this images and / or soundfiles in this website to illustrate an article on the composition or the person in question falls under the "Non-profit educational" clause of the Fair Use doctrine currently upheld by United States law. (17 U.S.C. 107)
Sample pictures and sound files are incomplete low resolution copies, and are only being used to illustrate and identify the song  and composer in question. Some of these images or sound files are irreplaceable; a free analogue is impossible to produce as the original will be covered by copyright for the foreseeable future. Owing to the limited web-resolution and incompleteness of the sample image or sound file, only a small portion of a copyrighted work is used. It does not limit the copyright owner's rights to sell the image in any way. Similarly, MIDI files are incomplete (e.g. text and performance marks have been removed) and cannot be used to replace an original score.

It is believed that the use of these images and sound files may qualify as fair use under United States copyright law. Other use of the included images and sound files, may be copyright infringement.
See Wikipedia:Fair use for more information.
Please remember that the non-free content criteria require that non-free images and sound files on this website must not "[be] used in a manner that is likely to replace the original market role of the original copyrighted media."

While every attempt has been made to ensure that the information in these pages is accurate, these files may contain defects. Among other things, these defects may take the form of incomplete, inaccurate or corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual property infringement, or computer codes that cannot be read by your equipment /platform/ setup. The owner of these pages cannot and does not accept any responsibility for any losses related to the use or attempted use of this information. These pages and files are provided to you "as-is"; no warranties of any kind, express or implied, are made to you.

Links to my pages are welcome. This site will remain non-commercial and free of charge as long as we can maintain it so.

  • Please be aware that copyrights for commercial duplication and/or public performance of the work of contemporary composers might be reserved, either by the composer or the original publisher. 
    Such copyrights would generally be in effect  in the USA for all works first published in the USA after 1923.
    Copyright laws may differ in your country. 
    It is your responsibility to know the copyright laws in your country and to comply with those laws.
  • Songs that are under copyright protection may not be reproduced or performed without permission of the copyright owner. I will not provide copies of copyrighted materials, unless the copyright owner has given me express permission to do so. Scores and recordings of compositions that are still under copyright are available for purchase through numerous external links throughout this website. Even if there is no such link, it remains your responsibility to find a source where you can legally purchase the score or recording.

  • Please remember:
    The fact that you can download sheet music for free on this or any other website DOES NOT release you from the copyright regulations in YOUR country. It remains your obligation to register titles that are under copyright in your country with your country's copyright collecting society BEFORE you plan to perform this music in public.
    When you download a title, or request and receive a score from us by email, you do state expressly your agreement in this matter.

  • Geert Cuypers hereby permits all of the listed songs not currently under copyright in your country to be reproduced for personal practice and student recitals without need to contact us for our specific permission under the terms of the creative commons license, provided the following credit is included in each printed copy:

    Arrangement + edition copyright
Geert's Ave Maria pages: www.avemariasongs.org


  • Such songs may be used privately but may not be republished for profit. The use of files or information posted on this website for publication for personal gain or commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.
  • The files posted on this website are for personal reference and educational purpose only. This listing of  composers is the result of an ongoing Web-search and any files or references found on the Internet are assumed to be in public domain for this informational, educational, and archival purpose. 
  • The posted MIDI files are not equal to and are in no way intended to replace the scores or live recordings of the works they represent. All performance notations and most lyrics have been removed from the MIDI file. This way, the MIDI file by itself is insufficient for for voice practice and performance. The original printed score is necessary.
    The use of MIDI files for such purpose does not violate copyright laws. (= "fair use")
  • It is my experience that different soundcards and drivers interpret performance notation differently. For that reason, I remove all performance markings from the score. The resulting sound file will play pretty much with the same volume throughout. That may perhaps not be as the composer had intended, but fits the purpose of this website to identify the piece. The purpose of the MIDI files for the composer's pages in this website is to
  • correctly identify the piece and
  • give the visitor an idea of what this piece sounds like.
  • The listing on this website of composers of Ave Maria setting and their works represents over 10 years of research effort and should not be used without written permission for any other purpose than personal reference.

Copyright or not?

You may find one of these icons on some of the work pages. This refers to my personal guess at the USA copyright status of the 1st edition printed score of that song. Don't take my word for it. I could be wrong.
It remains your responsibility to comply with the copyright laws in your country.

   not copyrighted  = public domain
I do not hold myself out as an expert in copyright law; please do not rely upon my interpretation. If you have copyright issues, please consult a qualified attorney.

For more information about Copyright law, the U.S. government maintains a copyright site, which I recommend.  Also, you might want to read the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Elred v. Ashcroft (537 US ___, 2003), which affirms the validity of the 1998 amendment to US Copyright law and which contains the Court's history and understanding of US copyright law.  A copy of this decision is available at the Supreme Court website. Note that this law brings US law into conformance with the European Union term adopted in 1993

A simple explanation is that the 1998 law extends copyright protection to 70 years following the death of a known creator for works created on or after January 1, 1978. 

For anonymous works, pseudonymous works, and works made for hire, the protection is from creation to 95 years following publication, or 120 years from creation, which ever expires first.

For works published between 1923 and 1977
, the period will often be 67 years (there are exceptions).

For a good summary, see the page Copyright Term and Public Domain in the United States.

If you are copyright holder and object to my including certain information in my website, please email me. Offending documentation will be replaced with a link to the author's or publisher's website (if provided).
The use of a composer's name and biography information cannot be objected to if that information is available anywhere on the internet or in print.

Creative Commons License  Creative Commons License
Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works

You are free:

  • to Share to copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal use.

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  • Other Rights In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • The author's moral rights;
    • Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
  • Notice For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this or the Creative Commons License web page.


Why creative commons? from Niko Dittmann on Vimeo.

To say all of the above in simple English: Use it to pray or play, but not for pay.

This document is subject to change without notice.

Now playing: Ave Maria by G. Alary (1877)

Page last modified: April 17, 2013

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