Google: Sorry professor, old Beethoven recordings on YouTube are copyrighted

Ars Technica reports: Imagine you are a teacher at a public school and you want to use a free recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in your classroom. As an author of music textbooks and a music theory professor, I am always looking for creative ways to develop teaching materials as Open Educational Resources ( so that everyone can share and learn from these important recordings. In an effort to develop a set of these materials, I recently began to digitize both my own records as well as records from my employer.

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