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“Open Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 11 – Variatio 10 a 1″ Youtube Upload: False Claims and Disputes Report

October 10, 2013

Source Type: Sound Recording
Source: “Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 11 – Variatio 10 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:

Two claims were made on this video, one from “one or more music rights publishing collecting societies” and the other from GoDigital MG.

Information on My Attempts to Contest the Claim (to be updated when appropriate):

Having already emailed GoDigital MG due to a claim on another Open Goldberg Variations video and having discovered that after two or so weeks they released a claim on TheJeremyKellerman account’s video that used a public domain recording, I have opted to simply file another claim dispute through Youtube. I will update when something changes.


By the end of the day on 9/17/2012, both the “one or more” collecting societies and GoDigital MG have released their claims on my video in response to my dispute. I have no idea if also sending the email had any effect, as it was not replied to. Regardless, this video is now false copyright claim-free and ad-free.

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