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Project Gutenberg Volunteers Partial IMSLP Hosting 100

bbc writes "Project Gutenberg has volunteered to host all it legally can of the IMSLP's catalog. The Canadian provider of free public domain music recently caved to legal threats from an Austrian sheet music seller. On the Book People mailing list, Project Gutenberg's founder Michael Hart wrote: 'Project Gutenberg has volunteered to keep as much of the IMSL Project online as is legally possible, including a few of the items that were demanded to be withdrawn, as well as, when legal, to provide a backup of the entire site, for when the legalities have finally been worked out.'"
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Project Gutenberg Volunteers Partial IMSLP Hosting

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  • fmm. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by apodyopsis ( 1048476 ) on Wednesday October 24, 2007 @08:18AM (#21098027)
    by which I can assume there is still a lot of money to be made from music that is clearly beyond copyright?

    after all I would hazard a guess this is all about money, not copyright.

    well done Project Gutenberg.
  • by CRCulver ( 715279 ) <> on Wednesday October 24, 2007 @08:33AM (#21098181) Homepage
    The RIAA and MPAA fill P2P networks with dummy info, prosecute you directly if you share your hard drive, and go after grannies who obviously don't have a clue about filesharing. Universal Edition, on the other hand, says "Hey, you can share those scores in most countries, but in this territory we still have copyright". That is nothing like the big music labels and film industry. I am not defending them, since I think copyright is a silly idea and a peculiar recent Western European innovation that most of the world rightly rejects, but let's have some perspective here.
  • Re:fmm. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gEvil (beta) ( 945888 ) on Wednesday October 24, 2007 @08:50AM (#21098347)
    after all I would hazard a guess this is all about money, not copyright.

    Considering copyright itself is about money, I would say you are correct.
  • by Kadin2048 ( 468275 ) * <slashdot,kadin&xoxy,net> on Wednesday October 24, 2007 @01:46PM (#21102479) Homepage Journal

    This is the Information Age, if I can't sell information that I own then I have nothing to sell.
    Then you deserve to starve.

    Here's a hint: you can sell your labor, just like most of the people who are alive or who have ever lived, have done. That works just as well for computer programmers as it does for plumbers, doctors, and lawyers. Negotiate a fair price for your time, get paid up front, and let the buyer do whatever the hell they want to do with the stuff you produce for them.

    Welcome to the service economy; it's the same as the old economy.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!