Hey man, great podcast.
The SO overviews are always something I look forward to. One quick correction though, if you will: I think our member xu
and BH's podcast of "Since You Left Me" was the first collaborative music podcast. xu took the previous BH solo vocal she uploaded, and proceeded
to come up with a very different and unique, hip hop style tune from a blues vocal. Big points on originality, although I don't think BH's original
intent with the lyrics was preserved. Interesting though, nonetheless!
This piece is located Here
in this thread:
In regards to the Sony rootkit issue, I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand I agree that they need to protect their investments, but on the
other hand I think that installing a rootkit to prevent it, and thus opening up a perfect cover for trojans on a user's computer, is going too far.
But how they could overlook something as simple as including a credit for open source code is beyond me. Does this all boil down to it being Sony's
responsibility? Or is it the responsibility of Sony's software suppliers, to which Sony bought the rights?
Another analogy to this is if for example, say Microsoft hired a software development firm to produce a product, and the developer used some open
source code without providing a credit. Who's responsibility is it to insure that credit is given where credit is due? If you bought a CD and used
some of it's content on a project, and the CD did not include proper credits, can the uncredited sue you too because you did not provide proper
Well, whatever the answers are, one thing is for sure: I applaud your efforts SO to watchout for copyright protection in regards to ATS and it's
material. And actually I have been wondering how far we are going to get with the whole music podcasting thing and copyright issues. Because as you
know, the amount of work, equipment and investment involved in making some of these music podcasts, such as "Sweet Touch," which you so graciously
included in your podcast (thanks), will far exceed the more simple work of your average, casual "post."
So on that note, what is actually reasonable? And how long are we going to be able to do this without someone like the RIAA or ASCAP/BMI/SESAC become
involved, and especially if this place achieves a huge amount of public exposure from something like the TV show? It's just a matter of time IMO
before someone important in these fields takes notice, checks, and then acts. Best to cover this at the onset to avoid future problems, don't you
And here is the problem: take my case for example- I own and run a studio, and am a member of BMI from both a writer and publisher standpoint. I love
ats, and love to provide the music for the members for free, but I guarantee you BMI/ASCAP/SESAC will not see it that way. The only workable solution
at the moment for me is to only upload works I have done that I have not submitted to BMI and are thus NOT on their list, so as to protect you and the
site from having to start paying dues to the performance rights societies for using and distributing copyrighted works for which they are responsible
for collecting royalties on.
I think that further discussions on this issue are needed and I do have some suggestions.
On another note, that email you read from the member who so self-empowerdly decided to threaten ats
over ats deleting a post had it coming! Great
comments SO, and I think other new members need to remember that this is a privately owned site and is not subject to "freedom of speech"
whatsoever, and any post or upload here remains or is removed at ats's sole discretion.