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"Are You Sure?" Boxes

The other day I was rerouting some audio devices after plugging my computer into my audio interface while musescore was running. So, I clicked the "restart audio and midi devices" button, but mistakenly clicked "Reset All Preferences to Default." The two buttons look extremely similar and the one that reset all of my preferences had no box to tell me something like "Are you sure you want to reset preferences?" This is the second time this is happened now, and for a button with this many ramifications it really should have this.

Why do all my arrangements of public domain pieces get reverted back to "non-public-domain" by MuseScore?

I created an arrangement of a public domain piece, but gave it a different title (a punny one) to not only show that it is an arrangement, but what kind of arrangement it is. When I uploaded the piece to, I had to select whether it was an original composition, or if it was based upon a public domain work or based upon a work that is still protected. I selected public domain, because my source material is completely and utterly public domain.

Then I am given a message that the status was changed to "Non-public-domain" because the title somehow didn't match? I try adding the public domain title to my arrangement but an hour later I am told that it is back to "non-public-domain."

This implies that I am using a copyrighted, protected source for my arrangement, and that I did not receive permission to use the piece. This is flatly and blatantly untrue, yet the website continues to insist that I am using a protected piece of music (non-public-domain). I made the submission private rather than continue to be accused by an organization of illegally arranging a copyrighted piece without permission.

This is a solid dealbreaker for using the website as far as I'm concerned: my reputation is on the line, and it appears that is asserting copyright protection (and collecting and distributing royalties) on arrangements of mine from pieces based in the public domain. I do not like being falsely accused of using a protected piece without permission, ESPECIALLY when I am actually using a piece that is firmly considered part of the public domain.

How can this be resolved so that my arrangements of works from the 1800s, clearly in the public domain, can be classified as coming from such instead of lumping them in with all the apparently infringing works that are based upon current pieces that ARE protected?

Score download becomes a part of the Pro subscription


Recently, users have noticed an increase in the number of scores blocked on the website. This is due to the requests of the copyright holders who own and control the rights to these songs. We fully understand your frustration and inconvenience, and we would like to tell you a few words about our attitude towards the situation and what we are doing to fix it. 

Back in 2017, when Ultimate Guitar acquired Musescore, it was questionable whether Musescore was going to be allowed to continue its operations. Copyright holders, music trade associations and governments were aggressively working to shut down the website entirely. 

However, because Ultimate Guitar had decades of experience in solving such problems and strong working relationships with right holders, it was confident that it could solve this problem. Ultimate Guitar created the concept of licensing tabs and felt that it could also solve the problem of licensing sheet music. Twenty years ago, right holders and governments were able to shut down almost every other guitar tab website, but Ultimate Guitar and its founder were able to accomplish something that was impossible - to make thousands of deals with songwriters and publishers to legalize Ultimate Guitar. Thanks to Ultimate Guitar, the guitar tablature market has become fully digital with every subsequent website following the model created by Ultimate Guitar.

After Ultimate Guitar acquired Musescore, we faced the necessity to once again negotiate license agreements with songwriters and music publishers. For the right holders, the market of scores is even more complex than the market of guitar tabs; there are many players who make money on score sales and are not ready to distribute them in an ad-supported model.

The current sheet music market has a simple model: either sell scores by the piece or grant access by subscription. This is why ad-supported access to scores often causes misunderstanding and rejection from the copyright owners. It’s just too innovative for the current market.

There are quite a lot of right holders and all of them have different attitudes towards the licensing of these rights. In some cases, it causes certain difficulties. Example: at this point, we have no right to publish scores related to certain popular films and some songs by a few major rock stars. There is one main reason for this, songwriters and publishers expect to be fairly paid for their songs, rewarded economically. Musescore must respect their position. 

Right now we are actively negotiating with right holders, and we have made great progress. We have already reached agreements with almost 1500 music publishers, including almost all of the major music publishers, and every day we are working on licensing more content. 

The biggest obstacle we have faced so far is our goal to keep the content free for download. We tried to find various solutions to this problem, but unfortunately, all options related to the free distribution of content are problematic for the copyright holders and artists. It’s the main reason for scores to get blocked.
This is why from now on the option to download scores in any format is no longer free.

We, as a company, strongly promote and support the open digital world and the free distribution of information. But we also respect the right of the artists for their work and livelihood. Without songwriters and artists, there is no music.
Why do we have to take this step? First of all, it will bring us closer to the model to which the current market is accustomed. At the same time, we will still have very flexible conditions for working with content. For example, the fact that we are the only ones who give access to digital files, which was and still is our most popular "feature".

Among other things, this step will reduce the amount of plagiarism and unfair downloads of your scores on the website.
We will continue to work with the right holders, and try to achieve more favorable license terms and hope that the current state of things will not be final.
This step will allow us to speed up the negotiation process and keep your work safe. We also hope to unblock the scores that have been blocked from the website earlier.

Author's original works and compositions from Public Domain

At the moment, unfortunately, we do not have a trustworthy tool to distinguish songs under copyright from songs available for distribution. It's a big problem we're working on. The value of our product lies in such scores and the authors of this content are very important for us. The current situation promises to be a major boost for development. We made a lot of effort recently to improve the catalog/listing of the website. We will now focus on working with independent authors and users who work with Public Domain music. We will release updates in the near future that will allow to open original scores to everyone.

We ask you to be patient with this process. Most likely we will need a lot of help from the community in order to be able to move forward and contribute to the free distribution of digital music in every way possible.


Please post which song you like best in this discussion and on the due date of the challenge I will see which song has the most votes (ties are aloud, there will be no tiebreakers). You can only give 1 vote and It can't be your song (If you have one for the challenge).

Mixer issues

I am using the iOS Musescore app on my iPad. The mixer resets every time I set it at soon as I return to the score -- so I can't isolate my part to hear just minet. Also, when opening it, all parts are marked to be invisible even though they aren't,

Score Corruption

I was working on a piece and there was a power outage :(
Then my computer thought that it would be a good time to update on top of that.
When I opened musescore 3 I was not prompted to open the recovery, so I did the dirty work and manually opened the file, but it opened to only 2 notes in the Trumpets, literally an empty score.
I also can not find an autosave file.
What can I do?