The issue of rights is tricky, in an international environment: some com-posers’ works are preceded by various warnings such as this one: “Works of this composer are most likely not public domain within the EU and in those countries where the copyright term is life+70 years. They may also be protected by copyright in the USA, unless published before 1923, in which case they are PD there as well. However, this composer's works are public domain in Canada (where IMSLP is hosted), and in other countries where the copyright term is life+50 years. IMSLP does not assume any sort of legal responsibility or liability for the consequences of downloading files that are not in the public domain in your country.”Yet this warning may not be sufficient to prevent them from being sued by rights owners in the countries where the worksare still protected, however. As an example, the works of Jacques Ibert (who died in 1962), of Francis Poulenc (d. 1963)and of Darius Milhaud (d. 1974), are still under copyright in France for quite a longtime (at least 50 years after the end of the year the composer died, and sometimes 70years, for war reasons).
this is Rick Falkvinge, chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party.
We caught word of this affair though our ever watchful community on copyfraud throughout the world...
Therefore, I offer - on behalf of the Swedish Pirate Party - to take over hosting and the legal responsibility for the site.
Please get back to me at email@example.com if this offer is interesting, and if so, what kind of server capacity is required. We have plenty to spare at the moment (heck, we've survived simultaneous Digg+Slashdots).
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