- CPDL / Choral Public Domain Library
- IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
- Ney Nota Arşivi
- Wikimedia Commons
Archived permission from sites
“An Internet-based free sheet music website which specializes in choral music.” Its help says:
- Yes, scores on CPDL are generally available for copying and use by choirs! CPDL itself operates under the laws of the USA, so in most cases there's no restriction on distributing, duplicating, or performing the music indexed here.
- There are a couple of exceptions:
- In a few cases, the composer may request that you contact him or her if you decide to perform his or her work.
- Some scores which are linked from CPDL, but which actually reside on other affiliated websites, may have further restrictions on use. Check the individual copyright statements on affiliated websites to find out what restrictions apply in each case.
- In some situations, a work may be public domain under the laws of the USA but may not yet have lapsed into the public domain under the laws of a user's own country. We recommend that users familiarize themselves with the general copyright laws of their own country.
A collection of legally available sheet music. Its FAQ says:
- As the IMSLP servers are physically hosted in Canada, IMSLP has to follow the Canadian Copyright Law. All scores submitted to IMSLP either belong to the public domain, or permission has been granted by the holder of the copyrights so that the files can be submitted to IMSLP (as is the case of contemporary composers who wish to have their works submitted to IMSLP).
- In other words, being legal is the point of IMSLP, and all of its content that is accessible is legally available in the U.S. and Canada. Anything not allowed in the EU is clearly marked as such. See public domain for further details.
They also have a review process for copyright status.
“A media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone”. Its help says:
- The Wikimedia Foundation owns almost none of the content on Wikimedia sites — the content is owned, instead, by the individual creators of it. However, almost all content hosted on Wikimedia Commons may be freely reused subject to certain restrictions (in many cases). You do not need to obtain a specific statement of permission from the licensor(s) of the content unless you wish to use the work under different terms than the license states.