We're sorry to have deleted your upload, but it was not submitted properly. There are several types of improper submissions, including:
- 1. Using the "upload picture" link in the left sidebar to upload scores.
- Please do not use this link to upload scores! If you upload scores like this, no one will be able to use your submission!
- 2. Uploading a New Composition as a public domain ("Manuscript Scan" or "Normal Scan") or as a (Re)Typeset.
- To upload any new composition, you must first read and understand the information found on the Composer Portal. New pieces are not public domain anywhere, and composers need to understand that Creative Commons licenses are irrevocable. Picking the wrong license can have unfortunate consequences years from now so you need to seriously consider what you want for your pieces before uploading them here. They will never be taken down once they are up, unless someone has uploaded them in your name without your permission. Uploading a new composition as a typeset also creates problems, the chief one being that attempting this severely limits your options for selecting a license. Typesets are reserved for derivative works like arrangements and editions. It also creates a problem in making our own system's counting of new works inaccurate.
- 3. Uploading a new arrangement or a new edition as a "Manuscript Scan" or "Normal Scan" and as public domain.
- As with new compositions, new arrangements are subject to a full copyright term in most countries, so all the new tools mentioned in the Composer Portal are important for arrangers also. As for editions, even if you have simply put a well-known public domain work into a notation program, it still cannot be considered as public domain in many countries because of the 'moral rights' provisions of their copyright statutes. Items of this nature must be added as "(Re)Typesets" and a Creative Commons license selected from the pull-down menu.
- 4. Uploading a new typeset or edition with no attribution.
- Because of the issues noted above, new editions are actually subject to copyright of varying degrees. Anything new enough to have been created using notation software is too new to fall under the 25-year "urtext" exemption for editions, which is observed voluntarily here. You cannot simply dump things you find on other websites. A new typeset has to be either your own creation or you must provide evidence that the item has been released under a Creative Commons or similar free license by its creator when you upload. Dumping is not acceptable.
- 5. Uploading a piece, arrangement or non-urtext edition published after 1922 where one of the contributors may have died less than 50 years ago.
- Canada's life-plus-50 years copyright term refers to the lifetime of the last surviving contributor. Even if the composer is obviously public domain, it does not mean the arranger or editor of the item is. Likewise, there are several cases where the author of the text used by a composer dead a very long time died less than 50 years ago. The famous operatic composer Puccini (died 1924) is free in Canada, but one of his librettists who lived until 1970 is not. The important thing to remember is to do your research before you add something. It avoids a vast number of problems in the long run.
- 6. Uploading a piece that is only public domain in the United States.
- The USA has the most complicated and confusing copyright law on earth. There are pieces by composers like Aaron Copland (died 1990) which are public domain there, while there are others by composers like Claude Debussy (died 1918) which remain under copyright to this day. Our main server is located in Canada, which has a relatively simple copyright law based on the life of author (which means the last surviving contributor if more than one author is involved) plus 50 years. All of Claude Debussy's instrumental music is free in Canada, while none of Aaron Copland is in the public domain.
- 7. Uploading a piece with no publication information of any kind. (Publisher info is a required field)
- Sometimes such information is nearly impossible to find, but not in the case of the deleted item. The information needed for this required field is really pretty basic: City: Publisher Name, date (if available). See this page for more information. If the upload was deleted, it's because this required field was filled with gibberish, a dash, or other text which avoided properly completing this required field.
- 8. Uploading files to the US server that should be available everywhere.
- The USA has the most complicated and confusing copyright law on earth. As per No.6 above, we have a special server reserved for pieces which are free in the USA only. Despite our attempts to make the link for uploading to this obscure, some people upload to it and manage to miss the main upload tool which should be employed.
- 9. Creating superfluous pages for editions, arrangements and also dumping files.
- Part of the instructions for adding works mentions the importance of adding things to the correct page before creating needless pages for works we already have. Pages are not to be created for separate movements or sections from other pieces. Items should be added to the page for the original work.
- 10. No Category/Composer page was ever created and associated too before uploading typesets under your account.
- If you are new to uploading typesets for the first time and did not create your own category page under your actual name or under another name (or a collective name such as a organization, library, group, etc.) for which you have written permission (especially one who has died less than 50 years ago and you have gotten permission from or is still alive), you must create one when using "New Edition" or "New Arrangement". Please read over the Composer Portal on how to make a Category page if you do not know how to make one. It is assumed already under reason 2 above, that you already have a composer page made when using "New Composition" if you are uploading your own works. If you are an older uploader that has been around uploading before 2014 when the 1st big update to the upload tools were made and have not made a category page, you must still make one if you are uploading typesets now.
- 11. Incorrect association or account not associated to correct composer page when adding items with new upload tools.
- Please check to make sure by going to your correct composer/catagory page (and/or a collective name such as a organization, library, group, etc.) that you have made already to make sure you have the correct living or deceased composer (who has died less than 50 years ago and you have gotten permission), under "Toolbox" (Modern Skin) --> "You are this person (associate)" or Gear symbol to the right of "Add Work" (Classic Skin) --> "You are this person (associate)". Make sure to also disassociate the incorrect composer page by doing the same method for each site skin but choosing this option instead: under "Toolbox" (Modern Skin) --> "You are not this person (disassociate)" or Gear symbol to the right of "Add Work" (Classic Skin) --> "You are not this person (disassociate)", otherwise your account could possible still choose the wrong composer name in the editor/arranger fields of the upload process.
- 12. Changing auto-filled fields when uploading typesets.
- When adding items using "New Composition", "New Edition" or "New Arrangement" tools, you have changed fields which should to be left unchanged such as the Scanner field (shown as "composer" or "editor" or "arranger"), the Editor or Arranger fields (where your name will appear). These fields should generally be left alone when uploading. Changing them to repeat your own name or something else is not allowed unless someone besides yourself engraved the work in a notation program or actually added performance indications. When uploading using "New Composition", no text should be added at all in the "Editor" field as the composer is normally considered the final editor without comment. When using the "New Composition", "New Edition" or "New Arrangement" tools, the Publisher field can be changed to the Chicago Citation format. Otherwise it should be your First and Last name in order as it appears in the "Editor" field or "Arranger" field.
- Your upload was deleted for one of the reasons listed above.
Please read the quick guide
to learn how to correctly submit scores, and also read Copyright Made Simple
to make sure your file is legal to upload here. A longer explanation on this can be found in the manual
. More details and other ways to use the site can be found at the Contributor Portal
. We look forward to future submissions after you have read and understood the guidelines and perhaps completed the association process as described on the Composer Portal
page, which allows access to the new upload tools designed for composers, arrangers and editors adding newly created original pieces, arrangements or editions. If you need help with the 'association' procedure described on the Composer Portal
page, let us know and we will do it for you here.
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Two arguments: (1) username of the person you're sending the message to (default=Contributor), and (2-optional, after No.5) the numbered reason for deletion.