I am delighted to hear from you. It has been a long time. Please say hi to
Robert from me.
I am replying to you publicly because I would like other would-be
contributors to MAKE NOTE your input. You have offered your expertise on
the music side. Your suggestions have given us a glimpse into some issues
that some of us (especially me) hadn't thought of or didn't know existed.
By offering your expertise, you are not necessarily making a big time
commitment, but you will help us make something that will be useful to a
broader spectrum of the SCD community.
I would like to hear from people who have ideas about what should be in a
music/dance database and people who have ideas for how to run a project
such as this.
In the beginning I would like to see these ideas simply accumulate, much
like a brain-storming session in which all the ideas are first laid on the
table without any critical responses like "you can't do that because..."
To be sure we will have to address copyright issues. In response to your
point (f) I might say, for example, that it is not feasible to include the
actual dance instructions because many of them are copyrighted. Well, I am
not a copyright attorney. I am not an attorney of any kind. I might be
eliminating a possible expression of information in the database because I
have a limited understanding of international copyright law. If there are
legal constraints, perhaps "thinking outside of the box" could result in a
way of including that information in the database after all. I have heard
that it is permissible to photocopy a page of a book for personal use. What
would be the equivalent operation relating to this database?
The database could be designed to hold or reference certain types of
information without the information actually being there. The database
might actually hold a certain type of information, but access to it might
be blocked, or require special keys (until the law changes, or in
anticipation of the law changing).
So, lets not unnessarily limit ourselves before we have begun. If you have
identified a problem, you or someone else may have a solution!
Again, I invite your comments, and through you the comments of your expert
friends who are not connected.