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[New Feature] New privacy settings and an option to limit score downloads

Hi everybody!

Our content contributors are Musescore's most valuable asset. And one of the most important and frequent issues that our contributors encounter are confidentiality and copyright protection.

Today I want to present two important updates that we have launched.

1. New privacy settings

Previously, Musescore.com had two privacy settings for scores: Private and Public.
Public scores were available to everyone. Private ones had limited access. However, they could be published with the help of embed player or shared with direct links to them. So basically, Private scores were only partially private. This is why these scores were subject to general rules, including copyright.

This is why we decided to change the old system. We renamed Private to Unlisted, and the new (100% private) setting is now called Private. The new Private scores can not be shared in any way. This setting is suitable if the only person who is going to work with the score is yourself. This setting fully ensures the privacy of your data.

2. A new Pro-feature: Prevent anybody from downloading your scores.

We noticed that the authors who post arrangements to Musescore.com often express a wish to prevent other users from downloading their scores. The reason behind this is their concern for plagiarism.

Starting today, Musescore.com allows authors to Prevent anybody from downloading their scores. This feature is only available to Pro users and works in a test mode. We hope that this change will improve our contributors' experience, and yet will not cause MuseScore.com to stop distributing scores.

We feel like it is necessary to notice that the scores that prohibit downloads are less interesting for users. Therefore, they may receive fewer views than similar scores without this restriction. So think twice before using this option. In the future, these scores will be separated from the others in the lists and search results, so that the user could quickly identify it without actually clicking on it.

If you face any issues with the new features, please makes sure to notify us in the comments. 

Thank you for your attention!

Why have a score for Bodhrán?

There is debate in the Bodhrán community, as to whether the playing should be written down or not. No Bodhrán player I know plays a tune the same way twice, and it is very much playing with the feel of the music.

Having said that, when I first started Bodhrán drumming I found it useful to have a guide as to what to do, so adding Bodhrán to MuseScore may help beginners. Also it would be useful to have the drumming added to a Tin Whistle score, for example, which gives a feel for what the two instruments will sound together.

However if you are dead set against Bodhrán notation, then I understand :-)

Original score removed...

Your Copyright Claim Dispute does not work.
An *original* score of mine from 1994 was taken down. The claim said the work "is related to the work Valse Triste by Jean Sibelius." 
You cannot be serious.
.The work, I. Jeu de Sons, is the first of six dance movements, and it written for 6 instrumentalists. It is not a waltz, nor is it even tonal. It features jarring rhythms, changing meters in a fast,obsessive, formal narration. The only "Valse Triste" it is related to is the second movement, named Valse Triste, which also does not resemble Sibelius.
The artwork, which was not cited, is cc by-sa 2.0 and is properly credited to Korean Modern Dance.
The complaint lists a "publisher" named "xxxxxxx" which is the name of a user here on MuseScore, whose bio indicates this score, of which I have the manuscript, was written before s/he was born.
I do realize you folks have your hands full with legal/copyright issues, but this is extremely frustrating and embarrassing to find your work has been removed (hidden) due to an incomprehensible complaint. 
Is this based on one user's say so? 

Splitting certain sections

I'm still kinda new to Musescore, so...sorry.

Um, I'm unable to split the notes in the violin and viola sections. Like, putting a whole note on the bottom of a staff and a quarter note at the top of the same staff, something like that. And I don't really know how to add another instrument halfway into a song. So if someone could walk me through the basis of that, I'd be very grateful.

Thank you for reading this!
-Ash

[New Feature] The new form makes it possible to upload Public domain works.

As many of you know, we’ve been recently forced to revise our policy and restrict printing and downloading for basic accounts. Today we’d like to present a new update aimed at making it possible to download Public Domain scores.

What’s Public Domain?
Public Domain is the status of the work whose copyrights have expired and which is now available for download royalty free.
In the basic sense, all works published before 1923 are in the Public Domain, but in fact the status of particular works vary according to the country. Here is the link to the wiki page to learn more about Public Domain.
Music has existed for thousands of years and humanity has created tens of thousands of masterpieces We, like many of our users, would like these works to be distributed as freely as possible.

New Uploading form
We’ve changed the uploading and editing form of scores. Apart from standard fields to fill out, there’s now a new section called “Type of Composition”. In this section, users can mention what work exactly their scores are related to. The options are public domain, original composition or non-public domain.



In case you choose Public Domain, you’ll need to enter the name of the work your score is related to. After it’s been automatically checked, your scores will be available for unrestricted download.

Removing limits to download Public Domain scores
In the nearest future downloading and printing of Public Domain scores won’t be affected by the limits set for basic accounts. We believe it’s not right that users who create quality content have to pay to upload it. This is the first step towards resolving the issue.

Our further plans
- One of our next top priorities is to let original composers manage the downloading feature.
- We will mark up the existing sheet music library according to the Public Domain / Non Public Domain scores. We might need our Community help in this matter.

To sum up
This is a completely new functionality for Musescore, as we’re applying the system to check PD/nonPD compositions for the first time. We can’t exclude the possibility of you finding bugs in the way new algorithms work. Please, don’t hesitate to let us know about any possible issues.
Last but not least, I’d like to point out how grateful we are to our Community for all the support and understanding in this situation. We believe that actions speak louder than words and we’ll prove how important it is to us. We’ll continue to work on spreading and sharing music, and of course, taking good care of composers’, arrangers’ and copyright holders’ rights.

About the Staves...

This link can enlighten you to what I suggest : https://imgur.com/a/rL1Jh4n
Please start reading from the second image, and then above ( There's something up with the images' order in imgur... ) So basically what I suggest is to have the access to modify only specific pages' settings and not all pages'. That could be for other stuff too but now I can think of only making that when opening page settings... I think it could help save space...
Besides that I wanted to tell you about this video: https://youtu.be/4hZxo96x48A
The YouTuber seems to talk a bit strictly but his video is to be given credit I think so if you haven't taken notes I advice you to do so but you probably have I guess... And sorry for my bad english XD Even "Stave" might not be what I think it means... Uh but thanks for providing this free software... and it's on Linux too! :D

Guitar Tabs: frame around each number? Also zooming doesn't work.

Hi,

I have just installed the app and was very hopeful to make this my standard practising aid, but I have right away encountered two serious issues.

1. When displaying guitar tabs, every number is enclosed by a frame, which (a) does not look like it does on the PC version of MuseScore and (b) is _really_ hard to read. Please, make it look like it does on the paper and remove that frame, this is otherwise not useful for practising at all :-/

2. Zooming the score does not work at all. I can hit that "+", it will indicate that it reloads the score, but looks exactly the same afterwards. Same happens when I want to zoom out by hitting "-". On top of that, every few times I try it, the app crashes. It should not be witchcraft to get this fixed ;)

Apart from that, I expected to be able to choose the audio source like I can on the online player - I wanted to listen to the song that I have synchronised with the score. Why offer this option when it does not work on the app? That is "just" a feature request, though.

And holy smokes, does this app crash often. Opening scores, changing views, literally any button occasionally causes a crash. Under these circumstances I will definitely end my Pro trial before it ends.

My setup: Samsung Galaxy Tab A T280, MuseScore App version 2.4.11, Android version 5.1.1

Cheers!

Copyright Policy Question

Hi,
I do a certain amount of transcribing sections of classical works for my own education and analysis. Often they are twentieth century pieces and some are still in copyright. I would like to share some of them here, but I've held off because of those copyright concerns. I know it's a long shot, but is there some combination of settings (license/download) that would allow me to publish them here without infringing copyright, since they are intended for educational use?