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!