Purchasing copies of compilation books
Date: November 7, 2011
This may be a stupid question, but I'm taking that risk. Obviously, I know that if one is performing a song, one should purchase as many copies of the song as needed, rather than photocopying. What if the song you want to do is in a compilation book with multiple songs in it, such as the King's Singers put out from time to time? Or a collection of acappella araangements by Deke Sharon? It's one thing to purchase 40 copies of a song at $2 or so a copy, but the books can cost up to $9 or $10 apiece. It seems that it would be prohibitively expensive to shell out $350+ for potentially only one song. Which means that the composer/arranger isn't making any money anyway if people can't afford it.
I'm sure there is a very logical answer that is escaping me, which is why I am relying on all of you to point it out to me.