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Classification system relies on user knowledge and good will

Go to 'Browse'. There are a large number (today) of excerpts (in some form) by Mozart marked as "Original". While these excerpts are greatly simplified from Mozart's score, marking them "Original" does not seem right.  Mozart isn't under copyright, but his intellectual property will last as long as human civilization.  On the other hand, I have written arrangements of works of great composers by significant additions that really are mine, but credit-sharing requires more subtlety than "check one of original or public domain."

New Public Domain Publishing Guide

Hey Everyone,
As you know, we have recently launched our new process for publishing Public Domain score. Immediately after launching this new process, we turned our attention to how we could continue to improve this feature to better support the members of our community.
Creating a clear and effective way for you to publish Public Domain works is just as important to us as helping other users discover your hard work in making these scores available.

The easiest way to help your scores to be discovered is to create a direct link between your scores and what other members are searching for by ensuring your scores are named correctly.
To improve the discoverability of your scores, we have created this Public Domain Publishing Guide, a simple set of instructions for this essential aspect of the publishing process

Naming the Work

  1. Work should have an original official name (without abbreviations or missing words). 
  2. If a work has more than one name (official and unofficial), you should add 2nd name to the end in brackets. 
  3. If a work has an opus number, it is required to be added to the end of the official name.
  4. Also if work has a catalogue number (such as BVV, KV, R etc), it’s advisable to also add it to the end. 
  5. If key is an official part of work name, you also should add it to the name. For alteration you should use words, not symbols (C sharp major, E flat minor, but not С# or Eb)
  6. If you adding a score related to only a part of work, you shouldn’t add this part as a separated work. You can add part name to the score title

  • Moonlight Sonata
  • Sonata in C Moll
  • Sonata No 14
  • Sonata No 14, op. 27, No.2 First Movement

  • Sonata No 14, op. 27, No.2 (Moonlight Sonata)

Names of People
When adding a new composer, the format should be Last Name, First Name Middle Name
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven Ludwig Van
Beethoven, Ludwig Van

Traditional or Folk Songs
When adding a traditional or folk song, use the format: Folk song, Country. 
Russian Folk Song
Folk Song, Russia

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