UK Music Publishers file copyright complaint over public domain sheet music, GoDaddy nukes major music site


14 Responses to “UK Music Publishers file copyright complaint over public domain sheet music, GoDaddy nukes major music site”

  1. grandmapucker says:

    the website was eating the UK Publishers’ Association’s crops, though

  2. Anonymous says:

    Moral of the story: Never use Go-Daddy

  3. Anonymous says:

    Note that IMSLP has not been completely disabled. From the link:

    Workaround: You can still reach the site by using either or Note, however, that some links on the site that refer to IMSLP.ORG may be broken; you will have to manually replace IMSLP.ORG with one of the two above domain names manually in the URL bar.

  4. Michael Leddy says:

    The IMSLP was the subject of a recent New York Times article. For people in classical music — musicians and composers — the IMSLP is a huge resource. This takedown is disgraceful.

  5. Jesse Weinstein says:

    As of 8 hours ago, the UK MPA has taken back their accusation, and asked GoDaddy to reinstate the site, which has been done.

    See this tweet for reference:!/the_MPA/status/61117026009227264

    And the thread is here:

    The status of the proposed counter-suit is unknown.

  6. JaxSean says:

    Hopefully the IMSLP will proceed with the counter-suit and at least take away a large settlement. This issue is about control and nothing more, so there have to be clear economic consequence to such attacks on the rights of others. The MPA needs to be forced to dig deep into their pockets over this, and Go-Daddy should lose its license to host/provide domain names.

  7. Boba Fett Diop says:

    Wow, if you didn’t already think GoDaddy were a bunch of dirtbags from their commercials…

  8. Jon-o says:

    So, a UK organization uses a US law to shut down a Canadian web site, for violating a copyright that doesn’t exist in Canada or the States… This makes sense how?

    Time to switch the domain from Godaddy to a Canadian registrar, methinks! At least until hell freezes over and copyright laws start to make sense.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, the first thing that comes to my mind is ‘Why does anybody use Go-Daddy, anyway?’.

  10. paulshannon says:

    IMSLP is located @ FYI

  11. Brother Phil says:

    It would be nice, just for once, to see the MPA get the full force of the law in this one. Can’t see it happening though – that would only happen if one of us used the DMCA to call for a corporate breach of copyright to be taken down. They’d claim it was their work, or fair use, and the guy they’d ripped off would go to jail for perjury, and probably have to pay them damages for his “infringing” work (ie the one they copied).

  12. codesuidae says:

    GoDaddy did a no-notice take-down of the entire domain for one allegedly infringing sheet?

    That’s what I call an elephant gun approach…

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