Dear Contributor,

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, your upload was not successful and had to be deleted because you provided either incorrect or insufficient information, as spelled out in the list below, to the point where we had concerns about potential copyright issues. Correct identification of a piece is absolutely essential to make sure that uploaded material is in public domain and does not violate copyright laws. In addition, the mis-identification of pieces only confuses users of the website who are trying to find things and count upon IMSLP as a source of reliable, accurate information.

Important information was lacking or incorrect information was provided by you for one or more of the following items:

1. Composer

The person identified as the composer in your upload is not actually the composer of the work. If the item was first published less than 100 years ago there is a better than 50-percent chance that the composer died less than 50 years ago and thus cannot be added here absent proof to the contrary.

2. Arranger (including date of death)

The person who arranged, orchestrated or transcribed the piece from its original setting into another (an orchestration of a piano work for example). While not always known, arranger's name is often printed on top of the first page (e.g. arranged by... ; in french arrangée par...; in German bearbeitet von... or enrichtet von...). The name and the death date of the arranger is extremely important from a copyright standpoint, as an arrangement is subject to the same life-plus 50 year term as an original work, the term always defined as being 50 years after the death of the last surviving contributor. If you added arrangements and did not provide dates for the arrangers are not already listed here, we have little choice but to delete them.

3. Editor (including date of death)

The person who edited (reviewed, corrected, fingered, etc.) the score. As with arrangers, the editor's name is usually printed on top of the first page (e.g. edited by... ; in french revue par... or éditée par...; in German bearbeitet von...). This field can concern the original editor, and in case of a recently engraved or typeset score, the engraver (typesetter). Unless the edition is urtext in nature, the copyright term is identical to that for an arrangement. Prefaces and other original material added by an editor are not allowed - even for critical editions where the music itself is allowed - unless the editor has been dead more than 50 years.

4. Author or Translator (including date of death)

As with the items above, this all comes down to the principle of the last surviving contributor. Text written by an author - even if a translation of a public domain original - who is still alive or dead less than 50 years cannot be added here without written permission from the person's heirs. If you added works with text and have not provided dates for the authors who are not already listed here, we have little choice but to delete the item.

5. Date of First Publication

We understand that it is often very difficult to find dates for the various hands involved in a work such as those listed above. While it primarily pertains to USA copyright, the date of first publication, if known to be over 150 years ago, often means the difference between something having to be removed as a potential copyright problem and it being allowed to stand as more information is added over time.

You will often find a lot of information on the first pages of the score. If you have problems gaining information, more tips and help are provided at IMSLP:Contributing scores and Historical Publication Info. More fields are described in the Score submission guide.

  • 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.

Best Wishes,

IMSLP/Pretrucci Music Library