A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free! Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 3, 2011.
IMSLP.org, our valuable partner, is a site that serves as a library of public domain classical music. They are very careful to only engage in storing and distributing works that are in the public domain, and the site is an immensely valuable resource to all of us. They will also store and distribute the public domain score and recording of the Goldberg Variations that you are helping us create.
Today, the copyright bullies, the Music Publishers Association (UK), managed to shut IMSLP.org down, apparently for 10 days, by disputing the legality of hosting a piece by Rachmaninoff - a piece which is clearly in the public domain in the US and Canada.
This is just another reminder of why the Open Goldberg Variations project is important; asserting the public domain licensing of our important cultural treasures is apparently the only way to protect against attacks from the MPA.
From the IMSLP forums:
IMSLP is currently under an extraordinarily underhanded legal attack by the Music Publishers Association of UK (http://mpaonline.org.uk).
The MPA, without notifying us, sent to our domain registrar GoDaddy a bogus DMCA takedown notice. GoDaddy took the entire IMSLP.ORG domain down. IMSLP has filed a DMCA counter notice with GoDaddy, however, the DMCA seems to require the registrar to wait no less than 10 days before restoring service. This means that IMSLP is inaccessible from IMSLP.ORG during this period of time. We will be working to restore service as soon as possible.
What is the MPA complaining about? Rachmaninoff's Bells, which is public domain both in Canada and the USA.