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Copyright and the International Digital World

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It’s not enough to know your own country’s copyright laws …

From Library Link of the day (Nov 8, 2007 posting), a link to this story: The Day the Music Died, on BBC News.

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“In February 2006, a part-time Canadian music student established a modest, non-commercial website that used collaborative wiki tools, such as those used by Wikipedia, to create an online library of public domain musical scores.

Within a matter of months, the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) featured more than 1,000 musical scores for which the copyright had expired in Canada.

In mid-October this year the IMSLP disappeared from the internet.

The company noted that while the music scores entered the public domain in Canada 50 years after a composer’s death, Europe’s copyright term is 20 years longer.”

Full story at BBC News, 11/2/07.

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