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“Open Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 04 – Variatio 3 a 1″ Youtube Upload: False Claims and Disputes Report

October 10, 2013

Source Type: Sound Recording
Source: “Goldberg Variations – MWV 988 -04- Variatio 3 a 1”
Music by J.S. Bach, 1741
Recording/Performance on Piano by Kimiko Ishizaka
Released as part of the Open Goldberg Variations Project and funded on Kickstarter

Notes on Copyright Status:

Bach’s music, the Open Goldberg Variations, are in the public domain due to having been written in 1741, making them too old to be copyrighted in the U.S.

Kimiko Ishizaka’s recording of her performance of the Goldberg Variations is in the public domain because she released it into the public domain using the Creative Commons Zero Waiver on May 28th, 2012.

Download it for free at:

False Copyright Claims on This Recording:

A copyright claim was made, identifying the track simply as “Variation 3” and the claimant was registered as “one or more music publishing rights collecting societies.”


Simply filing a dispute within Youtube’s system, including a brief explanatory note, got the claim released within 5 seconds or so.

Final Thoughts:

This is another public domain source which appears easy to dispute. Whatever corporations it is getting falsely matched with seem to have set up things on their end to be as automatic as Youtube is. Fortunately, the automatic response is to release all copyright claims on public domain material without dispute.

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