Hobbypianist wrote:Hi Peter, I have some Russian editions from scores (Medtner), some with M. <number>, others only with numbers on the bottom....I think they are from Muzika. As far as I know, scores of Muzika don't have copyright any more. So can I upload them without hesitation (even if the edition is from the early 80s) or are there still some exceptions/open questions? What about those editions with numbers only, I'm not 100% sure whether they are really from Muzika. Is there a database of Muzika Edition/Plate Numbers anywhere in the Internet apart from the Julliard Site?
Another question refers to scores from "CD Sheet Music" and similar: can scores from those companies ''always'' be uploaded? Of course, its necessary to remove the Logo from each page before, but can I be sure that the scanned music they sell is always Public Domain? (...maybe they make an arrangement with publishers and scan also music which is still under copyright?). What I noticed is that there's no publisher information on the pages any more...no number, nothing.
Well, I think, I'll remove not only the Logo, but also the title and all headings...only will leave the page numbers
Also, to prevent going over the same ground, I'll quote Carolus from another thread:
Carolus wrote:The copyright situation for works published in the old USSR (called simply the "soyuz" by the natives) is somewhat confusing. The GATT/TRIPS amendments to the US Copyright law "restored" Soviet works to protection (which they'd previously not enjoyed in the US at all). However, that rule apparently only appplied to original works and arrangements. Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, and Khachaturian all have NIEs on file, along with numerous other less well-known composers. The State Publishing House Muzika was sold to Music Sales in the wake of the Soviet collapse in 1991 and became G. Schirmer Moscow.
Certain qualifications had to be met in order to file an NIE. One of these was that a work could not be PD in its country of origin, another was that government-funded works generally did not qualify. Thus, all the Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Rimsky editions are almost certainly free in the US. The Kalmus and Luck catalogs are full of them to this very day. In contrast, they removed all of the composers mentioned in the paragraph above in January 1996 and had a tremendous "fire sale" of all their stock for those composers in the months following - much to the delight of numerous orchestras. There are a couple of odd holdovers by Rodion Shchedrin where the NIE was not filed that still appear in their catalog.
Another factor I've noted is the large number of the Muzika editions availble for download on Russian sites - though to be fair these sites do seem to be rather cavalier about observing copyrights as can be seen by all manner of Beatles tunes, etc. My suspicion is that the editions are most likely PD in Russia. I seem to recall that the maximum term under USSR copyright law was 30 years after date of publication. The Soviet law most likely remained in force until the mid-90s. The life plus 70 law was enacted only in 2004 and does not apply to any author who died before 1953.
Prokofiev has been PD in Canada since 1/1/04. For the USA, only works published before 1923 are PD. Kabalevsky and Khachaturian are protected in Canada, as both died in the 1980s. They're copyright in the USA now also. The Tchaikovsky, Rimsky, Scriabin, Medtner, Glazunov, and Mussorgsky editions have all been reprinted by Kalmus. No NIEs were registered for the editions because they were 1) funded by a government; and 2) PD in their country of origin in most cases.