The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is a project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores, based on the wiki principle. Since its launch on February 16, 2006, more than 17,000 scores, for 10,000 works, by over 1,000 composers have been uploaded, making it one of the largest public domain music score collections on the web.[1] The project uses MediaWiki software to provide contributors with a familiar interface.

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Overview[edit | edit source]

The site launched on February 16, 2006. The library consists mainly of scans of old musical editions out of copyright. In addition, it admits scores by contemporary composers who wish to share their music with the world by releasing it under a Creative Commons license. One of the main projects of IMSLP is the sorting and uploading of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach in the Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe (1851-1899). Besides J.S. Bach's, Frédéric Chopin's nearly complete oeuvre is available on IMSLP.

Besides providing a digital repository, IMSLP offers possibilities as a musicological encyclopaedia, since multiple and historical editions of a single composition can be uploaded, and musicological analyses and historical commentaries accompany the scores.

IMSLP had been officially recommended by MIT,[2][3] which also used it extensively in some of its OpenCourseWare courses.[4][5] It was suggested as a resource by university libraries at Oberlin Conservatory of Music,[6] Manhattan School of Music[7] Stanford University,[8] McGill University,[9] Brown University,[10] University of Maryland,[11] University of New Mexico,[12] University of Washington,[13] University of Wisconsin-Madison,[14] California Institute of the Arts,[15] and it had been submitted to MERLOT by a member professor.[16]

Closure and reopening[edit | edit source]

On 19 October 2007 the IMSLP closed following legal demands from Universal Edition of Vienna, Austria.[17] The cease and desist letter expressed concern that some works that are in public domain in the server's location in Canada with copyright protection of 50 years post mortem, but which are protected by the 70 years post mortem term in some other countries, were available in those countries. The administrator of the website, known under the nickname Feldmahler, decided to close down the repository, but left the forums online so that discussions into the best way to proceed could be made:[18] Template:Quotation In response, director Michael S. Hart of Project Gutenberg offered support to keep the project online.[19] This offer was declined by Feldmahler, who voiced concern about having the project hosted in the United States, and consulted the Canadian wing of Project Gutenberg.[18] On November 2, 2007, Michael Geist, a prominent Canadian copyright academic, wrote an article for the BBC discussing the specifics and the wider implications of this case.[20]Template:Quote box

IMSLP went back online on 30 June 2008.

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