Re-scanning and Distribuiting printed copies of Sheet Music Archive
When the Sheet Music Archive scans sheet music, it creates not only new (and copyrighted) computer files, but also alters the graphic information of the original sheet music. The scanning process alters the graphical information, angulation, details of the sheet music such as to create a new kind of graphic. The SMA claims copyright right on this new graphic. [...] SMA, as the copyright holder of this new graphics, reserves the right to re-scan the graphics into other pdf files. The SMA does not grant this right to the public. So you cannot re-scan printouts and make your own pdfs out of them.
Is this even possible? It smells like nonsense, but I just want to make sure - if it is false, they are basically misleading their customers into falsehoods regarding copyright legislations.
Another funny extract is here: "Also, please note that whilethe vast majority of files in the archive were prepared in-house, and therefore subject to SMA's copyright restrictions, a few files, where indicated, were prepared by people not affiliated with SMA."
I would argue that the "vast majority" of their files comes from a direct rip-off off IMSLP, probably by using a bot, and that it's more than just a "few" scores. What's more, the scores taken from IMSLP (or other sources, I guess) are not indicated in any way. They had one of my scores up (which I don't mind, as long as they don't require a subscription to gain access to it) (which they did in the beginning, until I e-mailed them and they fixed it), and there's no mention to IMSLP or me (as a user of IMSLP or an e-mail).
The site's server is located in the US, which means the majority of the scores ripped from IMSLP are not public domain there - is there no way to just send a couple of e-mails to some major publishing companies and let them take care of these scores and the website, and also teach that prematurely-grown child that copyright is not a game?