Copyright Infringement

• Apr 5, 2019 - 13:27

Could someone please explain how a piano arrangement by Louis Brassin (1840-1884) of a J. S. Bach composition for organ can NOT be in the public domain? My transcription score of his piano arrangement of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor has been "taken down" due to a copyright infringement complaint. I tried the link provided in the email notification to protest the action but that process hangs up on the final "Continue" after the protest reason (In the public domain) is checked. I sent a message via "Contact Us" to about this matter but have received no response.


In reply to by hmscomp

Still this is the only way to go, those folks don't read along here. And the people reading here can't help with this.
Just upload it again...

BTW: while the composer and the arranger and their heirs most probably don't have any copyrights anymore, the publisher might (or might have claimed, whether rightfully or not). Just check your original, the sheets you transribed from.

OTOH IMSLP lists it as public domain:,_Louis)

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

The IMSLP declaration that the arrangement was in the public domain was my argument to What I am seeking here is not "help" but maybe someone here knows an explanation. The subject of copyright has been discussed here many times. I just find it odd that with so many current, popular songs (e.g. Bohemian Rhapsody with over a million views) on the site, that a composition hundreds of years old was targeted.

In reply to by hmscomp has agreements in place with several publishers, so I guess Bohemian Rhapsody is covered by that. No idea who claimed copyright for your upload, nor why, only the folks at can tell.
So contact (again), or ask in

Or just upload it (or make public) again...

Hmm, maybe you claimed copyright on this, by accident, rather than putting it into public domain?
Like your Dvořák "Rêverie", or your Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, 3rd Mvmt (Arr. for 2 pianos), where I don't think you own the rights, but published it with "All rights reserved"

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