I noticed one contributor
is uploading individual pages from the Digital Mozart Edition, and Matthieu has been very nice and posted a message for him to stop and desist for the time being - at the rate he is going he will be occupied for the next 15 years.
Anyway, I just wanted to raise the general question: as the Bärenreiter editions have been published in Germany and are scientific editions, hence copyrightable for 25 years under German law, should IMSLP look to host some of the works as an alternative site to dme.mozarteum.at?
A brief look at the catalogue shows that aside from Series X (the supplement) about 80% of the 100-odd volumes of music were published prior to 1982. Would it then follow that the Berne Rule of the Shorter Term would apply to these volumes, or are there other considerations, such as the nationality of the authors and whether they have been deceased 50 years for their work to properly be regarded as public domain?
It would appear Diapason is working on the principle that the volume of masses edited by Walter Senn (1975) or arias edited by Stefan Kunze (1967) are now public domain. (The only work I saw him upload yesterday was from the miscellaneous piano pieces edited by Wolfgang Plath (1982), which I'd already flagged as a copyright violation.)
Anyway: it is still a time-consuming process to obtain scores from the DME website, and before I gave up I had downloaded the entirety of Series I (sacred music), Series III (songs, canons) and Series V (concertos), as well as making a fairly good start on Series IV (orchestral works) - for my own private, personal use, of course!
- so about 42 of the 101 volumes in Series I to IX. I suspect from the volume of downloads reported at the DME website others from this forum may have downloaded similar quantities. I don't know if the DME have been made aware of the problems accessing their site - particularly for large files - but perhaps it might be an opportune time to make an overture to them on the basis of mirroring their resources? Or else to decide that IMSLP will explicitly not
host material from the NMA?