I have just read Nicola Howarths posting with interest. If true RSCDs
attitude is appalling. I don't believe the author should lose copyright
or the right to keep the dance in original form. The author may not
want any money but that is not the point, they created the dance. In the
authoring or multimedia world, unless a person is paid for the work and
the contract specifies no copyright rights they would keep copyright.
Even with copyright a person can specify that it can be distributed
freely. I would love to see some of the dances that our group loves
doing such as Bees of Maggieknockater published by RSCDS. To me they
should be keeping SCD alive not stifling it by saying if they can't have
the rights to it or it's too much bother to deal with copyright, we won't
even look at publishing it. Frankly this sounds very childish.
To me, if an author composes a dance, their permission should be asked
before anything is changed. I know that some of the dances that are
created by people in our group are fantastic to dance. THey put a lot of
effort in to make then fun and then a group of us trial them and if
anything feels uncomfortable we say so.
In my naivity I thought RSCDS would be publishing as many SCD dancesas
possible, especially the popular ones to keep the spirit of dancing
alive. They don't need to own them lock stock and barrel to publish
them. Just the rights to publish.