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[fluid-dev] Re: [ANN] Beta test of the Resonance Instrument Database

From: Josh Green
Subject: [fluid-dev] Re: [ANN] Beta test of the Resonance Instrument Database
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 21:16:08 -0700

On Tue, 2005-08-23 at 23:05 +0200, address@hidden wrote:
> Josh Green schrieb:
> >>I'm really looking forward to contribute some hardware-synth samples 
> >>(Novation A Station, Waldorf Rack Attack, Vermona DRM MK II...).
> >>
> > I think its probably generally breaking copyright laws to distribute
> > hardware synth samples.  Its an issue that I'll likely have to deal with
> > on an ongoing basis with the instrument database.  Licensing hell.  This
> >     Josh Green
> > 
> I had the same discussion on hydrogen's site. If I decide to mix a sine 
> wave with a square wave, add some filter and reverb to it and make it 
> sound unisono it becomes my sound. A sound (after my opinion) may never 
> be the same like a song, so it needs better definition of what can be 
> licensed (a dogs bark reverse played) and what cannot be licensed (4 
> notes making a bassline, SNAP had a similar problem, when using 4 notes 
> as a bassline. At the end the court said: "4 notes are not a work of 
> art, so no licensing necessary").
> So if I were to contribute "my" recordings of "my" hardware synths as 
> GIG-files, and when "I" write "free for everyone to use for whatever, 
> but not for killing people or doing harm to any lifeform" into the 
> Copyright-INFO-Block, everybody is free to use it for whatever...

I generally agree with what you are saying.  I also think there is a
difference between recording a sound rendered by a hardware synth and
ripping the digital samples from it.  Of course most of us feel that
copyright laws are out of control, but I also would like to avoid issues
when it comes to that "grey" area.  For now I think it is probably very
appropriate to try to prevent copyrighted digital samples from being
posted to the Resonance Instrument Database.  Recording the audio output
of a synth seems like fair game to me, but I'm no lawyer, thank gawd.
Best regards,
        Josh Green

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