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“Open Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 09 – Variatio 8 a 2″ Youtube Upload: False Claims and Disputes Report

October 10, 2013

Source Type: Sound Recording
Source: “Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 09 – Variatio 8 a 2”
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:

In addition to the “one or more” music rights collections agencies claim so common to my uploads of the Open Goldberg Variations, there is also a claim on this recording by “UMPG Publishing.” As far as I can tell, this is a subsidiary agency of Universal Music.

Here is a copied-and-pasted list of the claims as they appear on my notifications:

“GOLDBERG VARIATIONS, BWV 988: VARIATION 8”, musical composition administered by:
One or more music publishing rights collecting societies  
UMPG Publishing

Contact Information for Copyright Claimant:

I am not sure if this is the correct email address, but I found this listed as the contact address for rights issues when dealing with Universal Music Publishing Group:


The contact info was found on this page:

Information On My Attempts to Contest These Claims:

As of 9/17/2012, I cannot find an email address for UMPG Publishing. I will continue to look for one. If all else fails, I will call the number for one of Universal Music’s offices and see if I can speak with a representative and get it resolved that way. If that fails, I’ll file a claim dispute via Youtube.

Update: As of 9/18/2012, I have sent an email to the above email address and am awaiting a reply. I will give them 24 hours to reply before filing a claim dispute.

Update: I submitted a claim dispute on 9/20/2012.

Resolution: On 10/20/2012, UMPG Publishing and “one or more” collecting societies have released their claim on this video.

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