AMEI: On Internal Content in Electronic Musical Instruments
Electronic musical instruments are provided with ginternal contenth such as sound waveform data and performance data with the intention that said internal content is to be used for musical expression. Such internal content is provided for musical performance and/or recording by the user of the instrument, and this type of gnormal useh is to be supported and encouraged. No restrictions should apply to gnormal useh of the internal content of a legitimately acquired electronic musical instrument.
However, the recent growth of digital technology and the Internet in combination with the inclusion of convenient features that add to the value of electronic musical instruments, has led to unprecedented problems in the form of illegitimate copying and distribution of internal content that is outside the scope of gnormal useh.
Not only does such illegitimate use of internal electronic musical instrument content result in substantial losses to the producers of electronic musical instruments, but it is also an impediment to the progress of musical culture in general.
AMEI proposes the following to eliminate illegitimate use of internal content provided with electronic musical instruments and promote the proper use of such instruments.
Although the fact that copyright law protects music CDs and published MIDI data is well known, the fact that copyright law also applies to the internal content of electronic musical instruments is less widely recognized. AMEI intends to continue its research into intellectual property rights with regard to internal content in electronic musical instruments.