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Re: Thinking about putting together a grant to support development on Li

From: Nick Payne
Subject: Re: Thinking about putting together a grant to support development on LilyPond
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:27:32 +1100
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On 10/02/12 10:00, Janek Warchoł wrote:
2012/2/9 Xavier Scheuer<address@hidden>:
2012/2/9 Janek Warchoł<address@hidden>:
Not sure if i understand correctly how Kickstarter works, but what
about a project for creating a free typeset edition of some famous
piece (like Mozart's Requiem)?  The funds would be split between
typesetter and programmer who implements necessary features.  I could
do the typesetting part.
And if you add a musician that would do a recording of the piece and
release it for free (as in "free software", not only "free beer")
you would obtain something like the "Open Goldberg Variations" project.
There it's MuseScore that is used as typesetting software.
$23 000... Unbelievable!!  So simple and so effective.
Heck, let's do it!
Do you know of any famous pieces of music without freely accessible
scores?  I have only one shot now, but it isn't perfect: Samuel
Barber's "Adagio for Strings" was composed in 1936 but the composer
died not-so-long-ago (1981).  Still, it's possible that in some
countries the work itself might be out of copyright.

The minimum required by the Berne convention is 50 years beyond the authors death before a work becomes public domain. Here in Australia, as in the US and EU, it's 70 years. So if Barber died in 1981, his works won't become public domain until 2051. And depending on the country, the publication from which you were working would also have had to be published before 1981.


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