Dear KGill talk email
02:12, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
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 file" 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 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 "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.
- 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