I blogged previously about the sudden and unfortunate demise of the International Music Score Library Project and how this may be a harbinger of things to come as the Internet age progresses. One of my favorite podcasts, Buzz Out Loud, also weighed in on this story, and MusTech.net just wrote a post about it as well:
The second Cease and Desist letter from Universal Edition, put a stop to one of the best efforts I’ve seen to put expired copyrighted scores into the hands of those that don’t have the means to acquire them otherwise. On Saturday October 13, 2007, another “library” was forced to close their doors to the public.
I don’t blame Feldmahler, the project leader for the group, for his decision though. He doesn’t have the time or the resources to do what Universal Edition is demanding of him. I’m not one to go against international copyright law, or ours for that matter, but this whole thing just reeks of the “big guy” squashing the “little man” again. Just when we had a little light of hope…where is the good news? The world has lost access a legitimate treasure trove of music information with the closing of this site. The people of imslp.org did nothing wrong and WERE very concerned about protecting copyright(s).
Read the complete post from MusTech.net here.
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