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So let's talk! deanpeters 21:20, 17 February 2011 (PST)
questions about possibly contributing content
I was actually considering starting a project like this. I've recently become an avid user of public domain/CC music sites like imslp.com and pianosociety.com. I thought something similar for hymns might be very useful. I'm not great at project administration though. How happy I am to find that this project is as well underway as it is.
I am interested in helping out by creating midis and maybe some original CC-licensed hymn tunes for others to add texts. I do have a couple questions before I contribute content though:
1.) Copyright. The site is clearly labeled as having all content licensed CC BY-NC-SA. But many of the hymn texts and tunes are under a more stringent form of copyright. There is a warning about posting copyrighted audio performances, but no warning about the tunes themselves. Legally, how do you handle the display of copyrighted texts and tunes on the site?
2.) Midi vs. audio recording vs. score. Do users find midis more useful than audio recordings or scores? Would any or all three formats be welcome/helpful on the site? I can create all three, but audio recordings would be fastest and easiest.
3.) Do you know of any users who are interested in writing hymn texts?
4.) How active is the project? (how many users, how many contributors, the administrator's general level of commitment, etc.)