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    marching tech, DCW writer
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  1. Now that the season is cancelled and DCI and the corps are in dire need of financial support, I still think it would be a good idea to flood ESPN with communications about showing a real sporting event, rather than some of the nonsense they are showing to replace their sports programming.
  2. Yeah, for example, it would be a shame if the poor people who own the Beatles rights would wither and die because they did not get the massive fees from the DCI media sales.
  3. Cherry-pit spitting and marble races? ESPN is airing obscure sports amid corona virus Why not contact ESPN and get them to broadcast some DCI shows, with DCI's permission, of course. It could be a way to get massive "free" publicity at the time when DCI and the corps need more national exposure and financial help. Just a thought. Miami Herald
  4. I haven't posted here in years and I remember how rough you readers can be but I'll risk being ridiculed. After watching the Southeast regional in Atlanta I was happy to see that Phantom finished well and has a good chance of making finals again this year, but I thought the ending does not live up to a couple of their previous dramatic show endings that had the crowd on their feet, screaming. So I went to bed and awoke to go the the bathroom about 4am Sunday morning because I'm a 71 year old guy and that's what we do thanks to Mr. Prostate. As I shuffled to and from the bathroom with my eyes half closed I suddenly had a vision of a new ending that would be simple to implement (I think) while adding a great deal of drama. Hear me out. I've read a lot about Joan of Arc and there are many known general facts but many lesser details are unknown. We know that she was taken to the town square in Rouen, France to be burned at the stake and 800 troops surrounded her so the adoring masses couldn't somehow rescue her. Joan also had a priest accompany her. Currently the show ends with the hornline and percussion front and center and the guard spread around the field with Joan on the tower in the center of the field, alone, except for some puffs of smoke. Pretty weak, emotionally. And it's not the actual scene of her death. Thinking of how this show's ending differs from both their Juliet and Spartacus shows, it's a matter of staging. In Juliet, after Romeo collapses and dies on the 50 yard line, Juliet runs to him and holds him but she's inconsolable and decides to kill herself. But, she doesn't do it on the field. She runs up to the drum major's podium and commits suicide as close to the crowd as possible and the audience roared it's approval. In Spartacus, after our hero has been killed, one of the Roman officers who was sympathetic towards him grabbed a spear and ran up to the drum major's podium where he skewered the Roman general whose army killed Spartacus. Again, the crowd roared. (Incidentally, the bad Roman general who was killed was none other than Will Pitts. You unkind fans can insert jokes here) So, how to replicate the actual scene? Currently, as they end the show, the brass and percussion players are front and center so they don't have to move much. They can briefly separate so the tower can be pushed to the front of the field and then close back in to surround it as it passes. The brass players are now the 800 soldiers. Now use a portion of the ladies in the guard to act as the crowd. They would be facing the soldiers, most of them on their knees with their hands in prayer position in front of them and also crossing themselves. Perhaps one or two of them would either break through the soldier's ranks or be allowed to place small bouquets of flowers at the base of the tower. Now all you need is for one guy to be dressed in a brown, ankle length priest's robe to stand at the foot of the tower. That completes the scene. As for the music, I suppose they could play what they use now but how about a reprise of Fire. The musicians already know the music and it's much more forceful for this scene. Now for the real drama. There are many accounts of what Joan's last words may have been but I don't think anyone knows for sure. So, let's take the one that is most dramatic for our purpose. The Catholic church excommunicated Joan for being a heretic but in her mind she was still pious and considered herself a good Catholic. After all, she had only done what the visions of angels (and Saint Michael) had instructed her to do. One account I read was that just before the fire was lit she told the priest that the last thing she wanted to see before she died was a crucifix. She asked him to "hold it high, so I can see it above the smoke and flames." Wow. Picture that image. I think we got ourselves an ending. So the priest got a long pole and attached the crucifix to the top of it and held it up high in front of her as she was consumed by the flames. And, this is my thought, to add even more pathos, have her kiss the crucifix as the music builds and then slump in death a few moments later on the last thundering note of the show. If that wouldn't get the crowd up and screaming I'd eat one of their pith helmets, without salt. (maybe a little ketchup) This is the recounting of my dream. Am I crazy to think this, or at least some of it, is simple enough to implement even with the limited amount of time left? (On second thought, don't comment about the crazy part.) And remember, God is surely with them, although I do wish I would have had this vision a month ago. And I don't mean to criticize the instructors. Maybe they have something similar in mind. As Joan would have said, hey, I'm just telling you what I see in my visions. Don't kill the messenger. Suta!
  5. Didn't I read something a while ago that Tom Blair (with his camera crew?) will be directing the cameras at the three shows in Indy?
  6. It's time for DCI to get serious about corps using copyrighted material for which they have not received permission from the copyright owners. Off the top of my head, here is my suggestion. It should be part of the DCI rules. All corps must secure written performance/use permissions from copyright owners of all material included in their shows, musical or otherwise. Copies of these permissions must be on file with the DCI office before the season begins. ANY CORPS PERFORMING MATERIAL FOR WHICH IT HAS NOT RECEIVED WRITTEN PERMISSIONS FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNERS WILL BE ASSESSED A 2 POINT PENALTY PER OCCURENCE. (in other words, if a corps has one song and one image for which DCI has no permission letter on file, the corps would receive a 4 point penalty for that contest) Since the performance copyright issues seem to be only of concern relating to the DVDs, perhaps the penalties would only pertain to performances during the championships, when the videos are being made. That way, corps would have extra time to secure permissions, if needed. But starting the season without having copyright clearance for all material in your performance would be a huge risk and would force corps to plan their shows earlier to allow time for obtaining permissions. This would be a good thing, in my opinion. Why should fans and corps members be "cheated" out of some portions of shows being removed from the DVDs? No more. Maybe you have other suggestions?
  7. The original copyright law protected music for 14 years from publication, plus another 14 years if renewed. The length of protection has been continually lengthened and now is: For original works created after 1977, copyright lasts for the life of author/creator + 70 years from the author’s death for his/her heirs. For “works made for hire” corporate works and anonymous works created after 1977, copyright can last from 95-120 years from publication. That's why classical music, such as Beethoven's, is in the public domain.
  8. Here are a couple of excerpts from an article written by critic at large Louis Menand from New Yorker Magazine, Oct 20, 2014: Lawyers remember that ASCAP once demanded that the Girl Scouts pay royalties for copyrighted songs sung around the campfire, and that Warner Bros., the producer of “Casablanca,” went into action when it learned that the Marx Brothers were making a movie called “A Night in Casablanca.” (Groucho, in turn, wondered whether Warner Bros. had the rights to the word “brothers.”) You think these laws don’t affect you? Warner/Chappell Music claims to own the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You.” ... Cultural consumers are not organized at all. They can speak only through their elected representatives, but most of those people will be listening to the money—to the lobbyists for the content industries, new and old, as those industries search for more reliable ways to squeeze profits...
  9. I used the term "common sense" in the title of this post for a reason. I know what I was proposing is not legal based on the current copyright laws. I want the law to be changed based upon common sense usage of the material by educational and non-profit groups. As was stated, passing laws has nothing to do with common sense, but with how much money is behind the people wanting the law passed, in other words, politics. Most politicians will compromise common sense, morality, safety and many other virtues as long as they get hefty contributions from sponsors of legislation. I still contend that when high school bands and drum corps perform copyrighted music, especially the material that's not commercially successful, the copyright holders will receive compensation derived from these performances when fans are exposed to this material for the first time and consequently purchase commercially available CDs, DVDs and tickets to public performances. The big name, financially well off copyright holders need to re-evaluate their thinking about not allowing educational organizations to perform their material without compensation. I don't know how many DVDs DCI sells but I can't imagine it amounts to a hill of beans to the big name copyright holders when compared to their gross receipts from commercial DVD and CD sales, movie, TV and other performance fees, some of which have been bringing in large fees for decades.
  10. I'm not a lawyer but here are my thoughts on the ongoing DCI copyright problem. Any legal clarification would be appreciated, but do we really need any? I think an adjustment to the copyright laws, or rather, an exemption, is indicated. Are the DCI corps causing meaningful net financial harm to copyright owners? I don't think so, and I contend it could be just the opposite. Copyrights protect people who create original content, whether it's music, art, literature, newspapers, movies, etc. I understand that these people want, and deserve, financial compensation if other people are attempting to profit financially relating to the performance of or other use of their protected material. But this is not the case with any of the DCI corps. All the corps are non-profit groups and DCI is a non-profit corporation. Therefore, it's my contention that they should not have to pay when they perform copyrighted material since they have no intention of, nor do they, profit financially. Think of all the high school and college bands, orchestras and dramatic groups. Do they have to request permission from multiple copyright owners every time they perform copyrighted material just because they may charge admission? I doubt it. I hope not. It certainly can be argued that DCI and and its member corps are also educational organizations and therefore are in the same category as schools, or should be. Here is a copy of DCI's copyright and trademark policy from their website: "Copyright and Trademark Policy All content included on this site is the property of Drum Corps International, Inc., and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights are reserved. Materials copyrighted or trademarked by Drum Corps International, including, but not limited to, audio recordings, video recordings, logos, graphics, photographic images, print materials; event results, score reports, and recaps; trademarks, and service marks (whether or not the material is included on this site) may not be used without express written permission from Drum Corps International. This includes audio and video recordings of performances at Drum Corps International events. Drum Corps International may grant permission to use the foregoing on a case-by-case basis. Requests for permission must be made in writing. Requests for use of copyrighted music or other images owned by composers or others require you to secure copyright permission from the owner prior to your request to Drum Corps International. This release must be included with your written request. Should permission be granted, the release is on a one-time basis. Further use or reuse without permission is prohibited. All materials must be given appropriate credit; for video or still images, credit must be given to Drum Corps International as well as the photographer or video production agent." DCI is also a copyright and trademark owner and expects compensation. But, they indicate they are willing to make exceptions. I'm particularly interested in this sentence, “Drum Corps International may grant permission to use the foregoing on a case-by-case basis.” (my emphasis) Would it be possible for DCI and the corps to get blanket permission to use copyrighted material on a season-by-season basis from the copyright owners? Have they tried that? That would be one simple way to solve the problem, but if the copyright owners insist on payment, then I think there's a more fair way to collect the money. If anyone is earning profits from the DCI performances around the country it's the non-educational, for-profit entities like local hotels and motels, restaurants and other local businesses. It's these for-profit businesses who should be making the copyright payments, not DCI or member drum corps. I doubt it would include LOS. That's a HUGE building that must cost plenty to operate for three days. The city of Indianapolis is not a business but collects taxes from all the paying fans and the businesses they frequent while in town. The city certainly "profits" by having so many people spend their money each championship week. I don't know how much money DCI collects from the sale of performance related merchandise like the championship DVDs, but from what I understand, and correct me if I'm wrong, after DCI covers it's considerable expenses in creating the merchandise, it divides the remaining proceeds with the member corps. There are no business profits being accrued by DCI or it's member corps. It's my contention that because of the DCI performances, many fans are exposed to music and other performance material they've never known before and are therefore likely to purchase commercial CDs and DVDs from professional performing groups of this newly discovered material that they never would have been aware of without seeing the DCI performances, thus providing future royalties to the copyright holders. In effect, the DCI corps are providing free advertising for the copyright owners whose material they perform during the season. Much of this music is obscure to the general public and the copyright owners should be thankful for the added national exposure of their works by the DCI corps. Personally, I became interested in classical music in the early 1970s mostly because of Phantom Regiment and I have spent a lot of money in the last 40+ years buying commercial classical CDs, DVDs and attending professional perfomances where royalties are paid. Let's remove this unnecessary legal burden from the corps and DCI who are only trying to provide a learning experience to the members and entertainment for the fans. There has to be a way to get an exemption for DCI. Anyone know a copyright attorney who might be sympathetic to presenting DCI's case?
  11. Sect 140, Row 18, Seats 13 & 14 Tickets cost $55 each. I want to sell the pair together. Will split if no interest for both in a few days. Paypal preferred
  12. Thurs, Aug 7 starting at 9:30am Sect 140, Row 18, Seats 13 & 14 Tickets are priced at $55 each. I want to sell the pair together. Will split if no interest for both in a few days. Paypal preferred
  13. 2 quarterfinals tickets for Thurs, Aug 7 beginning at 9:30am EST at Lucas Oil Stadium Sect 140, Row 18, Seats 13 & 14 Tickets are priced at $55 each. I want to sell the pair together. Will split if no interest for both in a few days. Paypal preferred.