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  1. I'm a big fan of C#... pretty much every project i ever built has been on .NET :-)
  2. Pretty much. Creative Commons applies only to original works or the unique arrangement of a work, but not to the original work itself. So, the model is pretty similar to YouTube, where rights holders either request that an infringing work be removed or license the work/otherwise monetize it in cooperation.
  3. A big refactoring/migration coming up. What's your language of choice? A lot of points to get involved.
  4. Stu, my friend... don't see much reason to peel the onion. Every layer from start, to finish, to in between is well under control. Any contradiction may or may not be intentional ("Objects in Mirror May be Closer than Appear", "Caution: Coffee HOT!", etc.). Would love to hear your insight on the product and experience. A lot of work to do there, for sure, but licensing... a team that does this, experts in their field.... on it. :)
  5. Been getting back into arranging as a bit of a hobby. Would be interested to see what you think of the MuseScore editor. Any suggestions to improve, let me know. BTW - current focus is radically improving marching percussion notation. Definitely some work to do, but aim is to be the best notation app out there for this segment... and free.
  6. I cannot speak to whether that particular work may or may not currently be covered without a specific inquiry to those within the company dealing with licensing and legal issues, but as mentioned... As there are currently many millions of content contributors to the site, there are established relationships, policies, procedures and teams for all of this. I will not go into much detail here, but these issues are considerably different at such a scale and bundled, compared to one-off requests. Entirely different universes.
  7. The basic premise of Musescore.com is that any work that is created and uploaded by anyone may be used by anyone else, anywhere else, for any purpose they see fit, including but not limited to downloading the source file and creating and distributing a new derivative work. Many online creative communities in other creative fields use Creative Commons licensing for their communities of amateur, but aspiring, creators. For the uninitiated, particularly in the context of the traditional publishing world, this may seem like an absolutely crazy idea... but hear me out. Musescore.com is for the aspiring composer or arranger, not the well-established professional composer (yet). Musescore.com is where you post your work, in progress, get feedback from the community in order to improve or enhance it. It is taking what was once an informal process of peer/mentor feedback and revision usually confined to university or conservatory composition departments, and opening it up to anyone anywhere in the world, at any level in the development of their skills. This is not currently the place for well-established composers to post any works they wish to commercialize, but hopefully engage as a community member and mentor. In the context of developing the activity as a whole, the opportunity here is not only to help inspire and develop the next generation of composers and arrangers, but to improve access to notated works for developing ensembles. One of the barriers for growth of programs like SoundSport, for example, is access to sheet music suitable for their ensemble's skills and budget. Pairing emerging ensembles with emerging composers/arrangers encourages the development of both. One other point of clarification, while Musescore.com is the community, MuseScore Editor is a free music notation editor (like Sibelius or Finale... but free), available for Windows, Mac and even Linux.
  8. In effort to resolve the question, what exactly is the concern regarding protection? In what sense specifically? Is the concern a protection of liability of licensing? Clarifying the issue of licensing, the company assumes all licensing responsibilities. Anything not currently covered under relationships with rights holders is immediately removed upon rights holder request.
  9. https://www.flomarching.com/articles/6051351-musescore-offers-music-arrangers-chance-to-win-prizes MuseScore, a free and open source-music writing/arranging software, is bringing some holiday cheer into the marching arts this December by hosting a music arranging competition for drum corps fans and participants... World-renowned marching arts composer and arranger Key Poulan will judge the submissions. He described the contest as "a fun and exciting idea to have people explore their creativity in this manner." The prompt on the website clarifies: "It is also important to mention that it is not necessarily the best arrangement that can win, but the most interesting or unique (not necessarily technically the best) can be chosen." Part of what makes this contest a particularly interesting opportunity is the sheer openness of the entry requirements. Poulan told us what he will be looking for in a winning arrangement. "It’s a blue sky concept... and that should mean the door is open for just about anything," he said. "I honestly don't want to place any limitations other than it should be playable by a top 12 drum corps." He went on to explain: "Maybe it’s a take on an arrangement in a different style, unique chord substitutions, clever time signatures with an amazing feel." Should your arrangement be picked by Poulan to win the competition for your category, you could have the opportunity to earn the following prizes: First Place: DCI 2017 Blu-Ray Deluxe Bundle, including the top 12 finalists from the 2017 Drum Corps International World Championships! Second Place: 2 tickets to any DCI show in 2018 (except Finals) Third Place: DCI sweatshirt (or from the drum corps of your choice) The contest is split into two age groups (over 18 and under 18), making this a great opportunity for young arrangers to get some feedback and also socialize with other arrangers within the activity.
  10. Firing some of your customers can be a very good thing for many businesses, if it is a distraction or simply a negative experience. Yes, a lot of $150k or more in 'pruning' to be able to be more focused is absolutely worth it. That is about 0.015% of DCI's revenue. It costs more than this in terms of distraction.
  11. Let's put this in a bit of perspective... With 400,000 in attendance at DCI events last year, 5,000 people represent about 0.01%. This does not take in to consideration the significant number of additional viewers that connected via cinema events, Fan Network of viewers of YouTube videos. 5,000 is absolutely insignificant in this context and not even worth acknowledging. Again, that is 5,000 people who simply lifted a finger to press a button on their computer vs. 400,000 who pulled out their credit card, paid real money to buy tickets and merchandise, got in their cars (some for hours) and drove to the event... paid gas, meals, sometimes lodging... to go see a drum corps show. Others that paid to go to theatre events or subscribed to the Fan Netowork. 5,000 in context of 0.01% is textbook definition squeaky wheel/vocal micro-minority. In actual context it is probable a more realistic 0.006% (5,000/800,000). Charge people even $1 to voice an opinion and I bet that number would be only around 100 that would actually care enough to pull out their card. To demonstrate how small of a minority and how little those complainers always spouting about 'voting with their wallet' actually matter... I would be brilliant to see DCI call their bluff. Create a campaign where people can vote to repeal - 1 user gets 1 vote. To vote, it costs a minimum of $1, but users can contribute up to $10. If they can actually raise $100,000... then the rule is repealed. Would be genius, actually, as it would settle the point once and for all.
  12. Random sidebar... how incredible would David Bowie HS band be? :-)
  13. [sPONSORNAME] Hardcorps Tour 2014 - Dublin, Ohio presented by Drum Corps International (<< fine print below) The tour must be branded and consistent. This is pretty basic stuff. In this modern age where everything is Googlable... there is a massive missed opportunity by not doing this. 1) All would be consistent terms with link backs to the main site, raising the ranking and relevance of anything related to DCI and terms associated with DCI to a single common source 2) Presents geo-relevant context to search terms. If I am in Columbus and search for DCI or drum corps, top result should be link to the show coming up in Dublin (now is not found because it is the LuckyCharms Emerald Pass Fourleaf Clover Tournament of Fire and Drums or something) 3) This makes it VERY easy for media... just copy/paste stories for local media, everywhere... further boosting numbers 1 and 2
  14. danielray

    We Need To Talk About [CENSORED]...

    I hear dead people! New voice-cloning technology could give new life to silenced greats Companies like this need case studies and demos. DCI could be a fantastic example... and this exploration could be done on their dime.
  15. danielray

    We Need To Talk About [CENSORED]...

    You just record variations of each (from 50-100... 50.0, five zero point zero, 50.1, five zero point one, etc), one time, done. This is not even close to difficult. A simple software app that one guy could build in a weekend could make this work perfectly. The result would be much better, much more professional feeling and actually cheaper.