The latest row over copyright-related takedowns has been sparked by the Music Publishers’ Association (MPA) in the UK, over a site called the International Music Score Library Portal (IMSLP). IMSLP claimed that the MPA sent an incorrect takedown request relating to a score for Rachmaninoff’s ‘The Bells’. The request was sent to domain registrar GoDaddy, which booted the entire IMSLP site offline as a result. “Needless to say, we’ve already responded to Go-Daddy’s arbitrary action with a request to reconsider their response. We are also looking into the pursuit of legal action of our own against the Music Publishers Association of the UK for their malicious attempt to shut this site down,” says a statement from the IMSLP. However, the MPA’s Stephen Navin tells Music Ally that his organisation wants to work with IMSLP’s owners to identify works that are still in copyright. He points to a message on the site’s Rachmaninoff index saying ‘Works by this person are most likely not public domain within the EU and in those countries where the copyright term is life+70 years’ as proof that IMSLP is aware of its concerns. Source: Boing Boing

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