December 29th, 2013 | Category: Music

My largest work to premier this year was for a patriotic program, I Hear America Singing. It’s written for Baritone soloist, mixed chorus, and orchestra. The text is from Walt Whitman.

I wrote it with the wonderful voice of Thomas Potter in mind, and was very fortunate that he was available for the performance.

Listen to: I Hear America Singing.

You can also download the text here.

December 29th, 2013 | Category: Copyright

Great article by Rick Falkyinge about how the copyright changes have never been about benefiting the only real stakeholders in copyright, the public!

Read the article here.

December 18th, 2013 | Category: Copyright

An interview with Maria Pallante, Head of the US Copyright Office, and discussion of the upcoming leadership roundtables with music creators:

Maria Pallante, Head of US Copyright Office, To Meet With Music Creators: Exclusive | Billboard.



December 18th, 2013 | Category: Copyright

Nice article by Michael Carrier about the emphasis on infringing uses of copyright and under appreciation of non-infringing uses:

Copyright’s Blind Spot: The Innovation Asymmetry

December 18th, 2013 | Category: Music

This is one of my own favorites from my series of original Christmas carols for string quartet (or string orchestra), Shepherds.

Listen to: Shepherds.

December 17th, 2013 | Category: Copyright
December 17th, 2013 | Category: Music

Last year, First United Methodist Church of Orlando liked one of my Christmas carols (originally for chorus and organ) so much that they commissioned an orchestral arrangement.

I probably wouldn’t have considered doing that on my own, and it turned out really well. Thanks, Bill!

Listen to: A Christmas Carol.

You can also download the text here.

December 16th, 2013 | Category: Copyright

Australian record labels take legal action against restaurants and cafes not paying fees for background music. Read the article here.


December 8th, 2013 | Category: Copyright

A very interesting article on how, especially prior to the Chace Act of 1891, authors and publishers dealt with the lack of copyright protections for non-American authors.

How Writers Coped Without Copyright –

December 7th, 2013 | Category: Copyright

The MPAA claims that in a 6 month period it sent 11 million takedown notices to search engines and another 13 million to sites directly.


There are those who argue this demonstrates that copyright infringers have the upper hand. But keep in mind these are just takedown notices, the entertainment industry doesn’t have to prove any infringement took place, let alone operate with good faith or care. Many have noted that illegitimate takedown requests are common, mostly because there are almost no consequences for abuse.