Cloud lockers for music – and specifically the question of what licences they require from labels, if any – have been a topic of hot debate in the music industry for some time now. But what about cloud lockers for sheet music?

A new iPad app called Notezart may spark some more debate. Released yesterday (10 July) on Apple’s App Store, it’s the work of a company called Noveo, and is free to download.

Here’s the key part of its description:

“Notezart: a convenient cloud music score book with social elements for your iPad. With Notezart, you can take photos of your paper music scores or upload it to, and view them on your iPad. Forget about bulky paper score books: now iPad is your score book!”

The app provides more than 190,000 public-domain scores to download, pulling them from music library IMSLP. And the sharing works like this:

“Sharing your scores with friends and colleagues is easy as never: find them in application, choose any score and click on “Share”, the score will appear in their libraries!”

Users can also upload their score sheets in PDF format, with support for Sibelius and MusicXML coming soon.

It sounds very innovative, but we wonder what the licensing / legal implications are of people taking photos of sheet music and uploading it to a service, which also has sharing features.

We suspect publishers will be pondering the same question – yet Noveo could in theory be a good partner for them, rather than an adversary.

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