Copying of material, whether text or audio, must be determined on a case by case basis and is governed by copyright laws and the condition of the documents or recordings requested. Ordinarily, for instance, before the Archives may photocopy scores and parts from the Collection, researchers must secure release(s) from the copyright holder(s) and forward a copy of this paperwork to the Archives. Although this procedure sounds cumbersome, we have found that locating copyright holders and securing releases is usually straightforward and can often be accomplished quite rapidly.

If the Archives does not have addresses of copyright holder(s) in its files, they can often be located through ASCAP or BMI. Information regarding publishers, agencies and dealers may also be found at the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association site.