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Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Sep 13.
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Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Jud Hair Jul 12.
I've got a Roland synth, a very unique piece of equipment. I can only deduce that everything thats submitted comes off the market and becomes their property. So, even if you lose, you lose again. Thats a lot of songs becoming someone elses property for nothing. Retain your rights. Thats an old school model designed for them by lawyers who havent a clue about the indie movement. Retain your rights. If anything, grant them a mechanical license to use your stuff for a specific amount of time. They probably won't even give you credit for writing it. Roland should know better and should accomodate the creators.
Hey, Vern! Surely I agree with you that the terms of the competition requiring the composer to surrender all rights of copyright to the sponsor are onerous. Seems to me this "work made for hire" applies more to the situation of an software company employee writing code for a program. After all, Roland is not my employer, and my only gain in the contest is potential prize and perhaps some minor recognition. The top three video submissions will win the equivalent value of one, two, and three thousand dollars worth of Roland equipment.
Certainly they want to use your submission for publicity purposes unhindered by a composer's claims about further remuneration or restrictions. Still, seems like a pretty good deal for them. There are a couple of nice compositions by other contestants.
BTW, sorry for mistakenly putting my original comment in this discussion inappropriately - a bit new at this. I only posted a second one here to respond to Vern. Did you take a listen? I was so rushed with the deadline I didn't mix the song too well - should have lowered the clarinet and streamlined the sax or traded fours.
Kirk said the player didn't work when he tried to listen to "Family Tree Leaves" (discussion I posted earlier this morning). The SoundClick widget was missing or didn't work. In case that's a problem for others too, I've now added the URL for the SoundClick page.
New song written in the past three days or so to get in under the deadline of the Roland guitar Synth Challenge tonight (12/31/2010). Just made it! A blues song. Sadly, the terms of the Roland competition require that the composer surrender the copyright essentially to them! Called "work made for hire", though I don't recall receiving any regular employment checks from Roland.... Anyway, called "City Lights". All tracks except drums played by moi on the guitar synth. In the video I'm playing the vibe track. If you check it out, tell me what you think.
Jay - Happy New Year!
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