Problems with copyright?

• Apr 29, 2021 - 08:18

Hello everyone! I'm a little bit late with this, but on January 23, 2019, I posted a Beetlejuice transcription for 2 pianos. A little while later it got hidden, due to copyright issues. It says "Sorry, this score is temporarily hidden". It follows:

"We believe that this score is related to the work "BEETLEJUICE (MAIN TITLE)" from the film "Batman" composed by "ELFMAN, DANNY".. The copyright holder has prohibited us from publishing any scores related to this work."

First of all, it's from the movie Beetlejuice, not Batman, but okay, I get the point. And they're right, it is related to the Beetlejuice main theme. I just don't understand why my rearrangement of this piece is violating the copyright law, while I've seen multiple other transcriptions of the very same theme on musescore as well.

Now it doesn't bother me too much (otherwise I would've said something about it 2 years ago), but I would like to know what's going on here, and if there's any hope for getting the piece "unhidden" again.

Thanks in advance!


If it is from a movie, it is under copyright, publishing it in any form or shape is a copyright violation, period.
Whether others get cought with this is irrelevant.

It'll get unhidden if and when gets into an agreement with the publisher ("Alfred Music Publishing" it seems)

However, none of this is relevant here on, but only over at
It is explaind in great detail in (there's a link from your score to that)

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