daphnis wrote:Maybe this would be appropriate impetus for us to create a service by which we as representatives of IMSLP could provide a document vouching for the copyright status of a given work?
... some music examination boards who enforce a 'no playing from photocopies without written permission from the publisher' rule upon examinees.
If the music is copied from a public domain source there is no good reason why it can't be used in an examination, with or without the publisher's consent. It's absurd to insist that an impecunious student should spend money on public domain sheet music which is available for free, legal download.
Far better for the money to be spent on copyrighted music so a portion of it goes to a living composer, and to a publishing house brave enough to publish his or her music, as opposed to one which churns out public domain reprints...
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