Copywronged -International Music Score Library Project, The Latest Victim Of The International Copyright Police

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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 did nothing wrong and WERE very concerned about protecting copyright(s).

I sincerely hope that one of the larger, more powerful, and financially able music websites will pick up this project and continue it. We at would be happy to support the continuation of IMSLP, within our means, and are sending a letter out to the folks at IMSLP to that intent.

You can read about the differences in international time frames of copyright and the rest of the mumbo-jumbo here along with a very heartfelt letter from

Want to know what IMSLP was all about, check out our article here:


Joseph Pisano

Thanks to Joe Severyn for bringing this issue to our attention…

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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