Mom is the best wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:59 pm
... They made no prior announcement that they were going to do this, they just did it.
I 100% agree that the pace they went forward was way too fast and transition could have been done much more smoothly, like giving more detailed
info inside the app like telling users that "the following songs in your collections are going private after x.x.xxxx." and give some argument why this is happening
and being more open about upcoming changes. Well, they were somewhat open
with their announcement and told about "technical challenges" but many believe the best guess is about the upcoming content from actual real-life bands, which brings us to the copyrights...
They give you a bunch of bull about copyright laws. Well if someone made up some music to go with a particular song that person is the author. If said author didn't want anyone to play it then don't share it. If it is shared then that is their sole problem if someone copies it and goes on to be paid royalties and get rich.
To my understanding the case is not about the song/tabs inside Yousician but the backing tracks, which are usually copyrighted material, now matter how you look at them. The person who created the track in Yousician is of course the author of the track itself, but (almost every time) not the author of the backing track and has no rights do distribute it. Of course there's copyright-free stuff available but based on my experience lots of user-generated songs used copyrighted backing tracks.
One problem is that for example Youtube ads are not shown inside Yousician (lost ad revenue) and the bigger problem is the fact that one could easily create copies of the upcoming real-band songs and share them for free. I kinda see the clash between "allow users to create and share tracks with any backing tracks"
and "offer premium content from actual bands and make people pay extra for it to compensate the licensing costs"
ideologies and I don't think those two cases could live at the same time. That being said, in my opinion they should have kept the option for "real" backing tracks for private
songs AND allow people to share drills/exercises with simple backing tracks (at least drums, maybe simple chords progressions).