The UK Music Publishers Association temporarily had the Canadian-based International Music Score Library Project taken down with a DMCA notice to the sheet music folks’ U.S. -based domain registrar, Go Daddy. A 1935 choral work — The Bells, Op. 35, by Sergei Rachmaninoff — provided the fodder for the allegation of copyright infringement that prompted the take-down demand, though the British group later said via Twitter that it had asked Go Daddy to reinstate the domain name.
The Canadians’ argument on why the action against it was wrong is here. In brief, they assert that the Brits erred and there is no copyright in the U.S. nor the European Union for The Bells. The post also argues that it’s not the business of the Brits to enforce E.U. copyright laws upon the rest of the world.
Michael Geist, a Canadian legal scholar, blogger and tech expert, notes that Canada’s law offers a more reasonable approach to DMCA takedown notices. Rather than a domain registrar shutting a site based on accusations, the law up north lets courts decide if there has been a copyright infringement based on a “notice-and-notice approach.”