Public Domain Sheet Music Library Shut Down by Publishers

Canadian International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) has gone off-line following a cease and desist warning by music and theatre publisher Universal Edition. The IMSLP is an online library for music scores which are no longer protected by copyright and uses the Wiki principle. Universal Edition, however, warned that IMSLP was also offering copyrighted scores. The owner of IMSLP writes on his home page that the music publisher had not asked him to take the project off-line. He says, however, that it would take considerable effort and funds to comply with Universal Editions demands and that, since he has neither of those, the online library was no longer available….

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