You obviously have not read enough of the situation. The initial C&D letter (for ONE example) demanded $2000 per piece hosted.It seems to me it is the attacks on Universal Edition which are outrageous.
[q]The letter from UE's lawyers, reproduced on the imslp website, seems perfectly reasonable. Many publishers, UE certainly included in my experience, provide excellent support for composers living _and dead_ and have a perfectly legitimate right to expect some recompense for it from those who wish to avail themselves of the scores.[/q]Composers who died more than 70 years ago in Europe require no support, neither to those who died 50 years ago when in Canada, or a majority of the world.
Contrary to belief, Europe is not the governing body of the world, Canadian laws are different, see tThe IMSLP intention, to make available out-of-copyright scores, is also perfectly reasonable and indeed admirable, but it was obviously cheeky (at best) to rely on Canadian copyright laws and hope no one noticed. I have some sympathy for Feldmahler but think he was probably a bit naive.
That has no bearing what so ever on the current situation, so there is no point. I actually AM a living composer and getting frequent commissions.Contact UE's living composers and explain why they think said composers have no right to earn a living.
Do you work for UE at all? The post they made didn't resolve anything and seemed more to discourage the public from disliking them than from actually accomplishing anything, among attacking Feldmahler (yet again) like what you have done.
Hi, Just a quick word of support on behalf of a sister-project, http://LibriVox.org. We've had similar legal threats, pushed back, and succeeded. Copyright lawyers tend to claim rights they do not have. This is the case here.
Anyway, good luck and if there is anything we can do, please let us know.
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