Numerous scattered pages of Ludwig van Beethoven's compositional legacy, bought up by individual collectors after his death in 1827, have gradually found their way into institutional collections. Quite a number of these libraries, both state and private, now make their treasures digitally accessible to a worldwide public in scanned facsimiles. The Beethoven-Haus Digital Archives, the largest collection of Beethoven manuscripts on the web, has led and encouraged this effort since the beginning of the present century.1 In addition to providing access to digitized manuscripts, early prints, letters, pictures, and other documents held physically at the archive—a laudable public service that would be even greater if the images were not marred by an ownership...

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