From the BBC, November 2nd, 2007
Internet law professor Michael Geist examines a legal row which could have grave implications for anyone and everyone serving an online audience.
In February 2006, a part-time Canadian music student established a modest, non-commercial website that used collaborative wiki tools, such as those used by Wikipedia, to create an online library of public domain musical scores.
Within a matter of months, the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) featured more than 1,000 musical scores for which the copyright had expired in Canada.
Within two years – without any funding, sponsorship or promotion – the site had become the largest public domain music score library on the internet, generating a million hits per day, featuring over 15,000 scores by over 1,000 composers, and adding 2,000 new scores each month.
In mid-October this year the IMSLP disappeared from the internet. Read more…