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“Open Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 32 – Aria da Capo é Fine″ Youtube Upload: False Claims and Disputes Report

October 10, 2013

Source Type: Sound Recording
Source: “Goldberg Variations – BWV 988 – 32 – Aria da Capo é Fine”
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 claim was registered to “one or more music publishing rights collecting societies” and one claim was registered to “UMPG Publishing.”

Information on Claimants:

I believe UMPG Publishing is Universal Music Publishing Group.

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

I’m still attempting to find a contact email address for UMPG. [Update: See below.]

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 9/18/2012, 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: UMPG and the collecting societies released their claims on 10/20/2012.

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