Although the actual symphonies are long out of copyright, there is separate protection for every individual performance by an orchestra. MusOpen has reached their fundraising goal for both the orchestra and a recording facility, and will now record the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.
Right now, if you were to buy a CD of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, you would not be legally allowed to do anything but listen to it. You wouldn’t be able to share it, upload it, or use it as a soundtrack to your indie film- yet Beethoven has been dead for 183 years and his music is no longer copyrighted.
There is a lifetime of music out there, legally in the public domain, but it has yet to be recorded and released to the public. This project will purchase and release music to the public domain.