I think those points are the most important:
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- How does copyright affect a normal person not professionally involved in music?
[...] If anyone is using music under copyright for any other than strictly personal use - royalties are due!
This includes especially recording in any form, broadcasting, printing, playing /performing to audiences, or including for use with other media. Creating any duplictions or providing for it (copies) constitutes distribution, even when not for profit - as soon as there is more than 1 or 2 copies for personal use (or backup).you are in violation of the copyright. [...] Using this music as a D.J, on the radio or for a movie, TV show , dance etc. generates "commercial use" copyright fees. Including music in webpages or other files or making them available to others ( per FTP or downloading) constitutes (re-)publishing /broadcasting of this music to the public! [...]
- Are there any copyright free MIDI-files?
Not really - only, if the recording artist(s) make no claim to the production/perfomance and the music used is public domain . Public domain means the copyright has expired . This is the case for traditionals or music where the creator is dead for at least more than 50 (fifty) years, in most countries now even 75 (seventyfive) years. That is the now valid period of protection, unless it was published under pseudonym, then the work is protected for this period from the year of first publication. [...]
- What about MIDI-files and shareware, can they be tested?
Music recordings have no trial period or beta releases ! If you want it - you buy , if you do not like it -- voila, and no one should argue about taste! In many cases you may be able to listen to samples or "cuts", you will not get from serious suppliers a full file for free download, this is not practicable and a violation of copyright licensing too. Licensing requires controlled download and pay for use, you will encounter variations in delivery. However you will have to pay for those recordings like for any other music you buy. [...]