Recently, Musescore.com 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.
I don't know if this is appropriate to post here, but I couldn't find anything against it, and the group is labeled as general discussion, so yeah. Anyways, I used to listen to an avant-garde experimental solo accordion piece created by a russian/soviet composer. I don't know if the composer was female but I think she was. Then it vanished out of YouTube for some reason, and I couldn't find it again. One thing unique about that piece is that there are places in the music where the keys are mashed to create tone clusters, and the sheet music for it has some parts where glissandos are notated very T H I C C and huge, for some reason. Also some parts have odd rhythm subdivisions I think. Does anyone have an idea about what is it? Thanks in advance!
I mean this isn't really an argument, statistically airplanes are safer, however, I want you guys to tell me why you wouldn't ever go on an airplane. If you think airplanes are safer, try to convince the opposing sinde otherwise. :)
I recently got an email from Musescore stating that my arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody had been removed for "reasons". I then saw that Musecore had removed all Queen-related scores. Does anybody know what has happened? I know that this had to do with copyright issues, but I thought making arrangements based on ear was okay.
Hey, I noticed that this group doesn't have a lot of discussion going on. So, as an icebreaker, who is your favourite LOTR character?
Me and Rusty have been talking and we both thhought that it might be an idea to do a colaberation on our LOTR music. So, who is interested? We will probably start with my already orchestrated one, just to get going, but we could do others in the future.
Firstly, we need to know who plays what. So, post here any part from my Fellowship of the Ring score that you are willing to play.
Flute 1: Rusty
Clarinet 1: TAKEN
Bassoon 1: Big Johnny
Alto Sax 1: TAKEN
Alto Sax 2:
Tenor Sax: nheilborn
Violin 1: TAKEN
Violin 2: TAKEN
Double Bass: TAKEN
Hey you guys!
We don't know who's out there who knows or likes the Aetherlight, but we created this board just in case! The Aetherlight, being steampunk, has such a fun, creative soundtrack, and we wanted to bring it to life as much as possible through our arrangements. We have already done ones like the craft theme, the Old Mount theme, etc, but we would love to see you guys choosing a theme from the game and arranging it! This board is just for fun, and if you just want to chill out here that's cool too.
-Ilayne and Scarlett
Hello fellow pianists,
I am creating this discussion on behalf of myself to ask the questions whether someone would kindly create a score which has a grand sort of feel and is difficult. It will need octaves, low notes and lots of chords. You can choose the genre. Please reply and create in the timescale of a year maximum (at preference we can discuss further details).
Thank you for your time,
Joe on a boat’s musical cousin
This piano piece will take you to an adventure to the fallen mountain, a ancient civilizations that has long collapse under the mountain.
Tell me what you think and please let me know on any composing advice!
Hey, I have been using musescore to write some piano scores that I will be using for my next video game project!
Here are two:
- Fallen Mountain
- Lone Journey
Tell me what you think!
And feel free to share your own scores that you will be using in your video game projects!
heyo...another game :P
(also...if you don't like swear words just replace it with "kiss" - but the f word is the original title of the game)
Anyway basically someone gives three people (or things) and you choose one to kiss, one to marry, and one to kill. It's basically a fancier (and more fun) version of ranking 3 things in order of preference.
Ex. if someone said Bob, Joe, and Jeff, I could choose to kiss Bob, kill Joe, and marry Jeff, etc.
If the choices are things and not people..."marry" would mean you can have/experience the thing to its full extent, "kiss" would be to have/experience it to a partial extent, and "kill" would be to have the thing completely destroyed and you don't get to have it at all.
Sooo...yeah. Let's try...
1. Musix, Dookis, and Lordtroll
2. Dress spammers, people who fill up the entire community page by spamming "look at my score" in every single group they're in, and people who post passive aggressive "constructive" criticism on people's scores
3. a steinway piano, a 20 year's supply of your favourite food, and your current (or most recent) crush
4. your grades, your social life (both in-person and online), and your sleep
5. all your followers on musescore, all the people who regularly talk in this group, and everyone you're following on here
And feel free to make your own :P
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If you win, you get...….. a smiley face
does putting Skittles in an M&M dispenser count as a hate crime?
does the order of the games matter? I want to play the xenoblade chronicles, but I only have enough money to buy one game. Should I get the second game for the switch, or the first one for the 3ds? I could also get the first game on the wii, but I can't really find any copies of it.
This was something on Noteflight. The way it worked was the first poster would say something and then the next poster would "ban" him/her for a joke reason, and then the next would "ban" the last poster. I hope I explained it well enough. :P
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