Talk:12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys, Op.39 (Alkan, Charles-Valentin)

Hello, I was wondering if these publications (Gérard Billaudot) are really meant to be in public domain. I think I uploaded a couple of them, too, unknowing that this scores might still be protected, since all of them are dated 1900 and earlier. But recently I've been told, that scores from this editor are actually under copyright because the company Gerard Billaudot Editeur still exists and therefor the copyright of their publications has been renewed... but I am really no expert so somebody please help :-) --Karin Bütler 13:38, 29 December 2006 (EST)

No amount of renewal of pre-1900 publications will prevent them from entering the public domain in either Canada or the US, unless the composer died less than 50 years ago (after 1956), in which case it is copyrighted in Canada but not the US. :) Of course, this may be different for other countries whose copyright law I'm not familiar with, but I'm pretty sure it is PD in a vast majority of countries (even Mexico and those life+100 countries). --Feldmahler 14:57, 29 December 2006 (EST)
Thank you very much for your answer! No, I don't think it's that much different here in Switzerland indeed - I'm just an amateur :-). But I'm quite relieved (about this circumstance and the fact that we are not physically located in Mexico ;-)) and will therefor continue adding these scores... sorry for the false alarm though. --Karin Bütler 15:18, 29 December 2006 (EST)
No worries :) It took me a long time to wade through all the different copyright laws myself. --Feldmahler 15:38, 29 December 2006 (EST)

FYI, the second and third pages of the finale from the symphony for solo piano appear to have been mixed up with Morte. --Lukecash12 9:53, 25 April 2011