sheet music

British Pound More Affordable

You may want to consider ordering goods from Great Britain as soon as possible because the British Pound is near parity with the American Dollar and consequently more affordable to Canadians, as you can see from the current exchange rate shown in this graphic:

Alibris U.K, Amazon.co.uk, HMV.com and Musicroom.com are the U.K companies I import from the most and I tend to order CDs, sheet music and film on DVD/Blu-ray from them, the latter being playable only on multi region players, which can be purchased from Amazon Canada and Amazon America.

You should note that some DVD and blu-ray players can play Region 0 discs, some in PAL so consult your player’s manual for details.

Music Book Offers & More

Indigo’s 5X Plum Point Offer may be expiring on the 12th of July, 2018. But their Free Shipping Offer On Books continues, all summer with no minimums. This would be a great opportunity to purchase music biographies, sheet music collection, music theory and other instructional books.

Prime Day will also happen on the 16th and 17th on Amazon.ca, so keep an eye out for deals on books, music, musical instruments and turntables. To get a free trail membership, click on the banner below.

Please note that a Buy 2 Get One Free offer on paperbacks is also available from American retailer Barnes & Noble. This offer will end on July 31st, 2018.

IMSLP Attacked By UK Music Publishers

The International Music Score Library Project was knocked offline temporarily this week by a DMCA complaint by the Music Publisher’s Association (UK).

Appearently they had attempted to impose EU copyright laws on this Canadian site because the IMSLP had published Sergei Rachmaninoff‘s “The Bells, Op.35“, a score that is considered public domain in Canada and the United States.

This score had been originally published prior to 1923 and in countries where copyright is limited to 50 years after the death of the composer the material is public domain. In 1993 the European Union had adopted a term of 70 years instead of 50, resulting in a complaint in regards to this specific composition.

This incident has resulted in alot of discussions online in regards to Canada’s attempts to reform copyright and our conformity to international law.

Many Canadians are concerned that the European Union’s music publishers are attempting to impose their terms in Canada, the IMSLP having been previously subjected to a takedown in October 2007 by European classical music publishing firm Universal Edition over numerous compositions. And Canada is currently in talks with the European Union in regards to a free-trade pact, which includes discussions on intellectual property.

Sheet Music/Music Book Source Listing Added

I’ve added a rough version of my sheet music and music book listings to the blog. It will of course be updated at random.