Sheet Music Domain Goes Down Over Bogus Copyright Claim | Public Knowledge
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"Yesterday, IMSLP, a website dedicated to archiving public domain sheet music lost its domain name due to a complaint sent by the UK’s Music Publishers Association to the site’s registrar, GoDaddy. The notice incorrectly claimed that IMSLP’s copy of Rachmaninoff’s The Bells infringed copyright. (Coverage by TorrentFreak, Michael Geist, and BoingBoing.) GoDaddy then took down all of imslp.org, meaning none of the 37,000+ works available in IMSLP’s music library could be accessed at that domain. Even as IMSLP staff scrambled to contest the takedown, users were being directed to domains that were still hosting the IMSLP site and its music library. Other users were posting IMSLP’s IP address as well, giving the access to the whole library, including the allegedly infringing piece...."