What do you make of music published on ‘copy-proof’ paper?
Date: January 30, 2014
I have a question which I’m addressing in particular to conductors and choirs (and composers?) who have – or may not have – used choral music that has been printed in a paper that – in theory at least – can not be copied on most copiers. I am asking this question as I have been working on some possible publications with a publisher who uses an excellent grade of paper, which is off white towards the grey side. It is supposedly copy-proof, but when I tried it out at a local printer, I discovered that the copies are not actually all that illegible, but just a little ‘hazy’. That is, they look like copies, but can still be used. The ‘grey’ colour, I discovered relatively easily with a powerful magnifying glass, is imparted by a printing process that simply coats the paper with tiny dots, rendering it a light grey to the unaided eye. When this paper, subsequently over-printed with music, is copied the dots become more apparent, and maybe slightly bothersome.
Has anyone had experience with this kind of paper? Does it bother singers to read from it after a period of time? Any other thoughts on this ‘Owellian’ paper? Would you avoid buying music printed on copy-proof paper?