I like this: a website dedicated to releasing the great classical works of the past into the public domain. They’ve already got a decent selection of sheet music and orchestral scores, but they’ve now raised money to fund high-quality orchestral recordings of much of the repertoire.
It’s always been a source of annoyance to me that the music publishing industry has managed to maintain effective control of this particular field of human achievement that predated its very existence – from ownership of each transcription of that music, to ownership of the professional recordings of it. Well, that undeserved dominance is about to be seriously and permanently damaged – and entirely legally – by this project.
I’m surprised it’s taken this long to happen, to be honest.
Who reckons the music industry’s next move will be pushing for 200-year copyright terms?