Over the next weekend, we will be releasing version 2.7 of the Kompoz website. There are many important changes included in this release, along with several bug fixes. I am pretty excited. I'll be posting details in subsequent blogs for some of the bigger changes. Until then, below is a preview of what's to come.
New Collaboration Privacy Settings
Each collaboration will now have a Privacy Settings page, which will allow the project owner to set controls over things like sharing, downloads, uploads, and spin-offs. Perhaps the most exciting of these new controls is the ability to hide tracks and prevent further downloads after the project is marked as finished (see below).
Protect/Hide Tracks for Finished Collaborations
You can now elect to hide tracks and discussions for finished collaborations. This is an optional per-collaboration setting. If selected, downloads will be prevented, and the track lists, comments pages, and other project details will be hidden. Only the owner and the collaborators with accepted tracks will have access. Everyone else will see a page that shows the title, the names of the collaborators, and a player for the featured track. If the collaboration is released on SoundBlend, the user will see the release details and a link to the SoundBlend store page.
New Composition and Sound Recording Split Sheets
Today, you can create a split sheet user agreement when you publish and finish your collaboration. In that agreement you can designate splits between your collaborators. Those splits control payouts and loosely define copyright ownership. With the new release, you'll be able to specifically designate split sheets for Composition Copyright and Sound Recording Copyright. This is ideal for song writers and session musicians.
New Composition and Sound Recording Intent Statements
When creating a collaboration, the owner can digitally designate his/her intention regarding copyright. This new feature provides a way to tell potential collaborators how the copyright splits will be handled after the song is published. For example, the owner can elect to Keep Exclusive Copyright, Use a Split Sheet, or Split Equally. This designation gives a potential collaborator a heads-up before deciding to contribute. Intent Statements will be recorded digitally by Kompoz.
Goodbye Creative Commons
We will be removing the Creative Commons license options. This was creating confusion regarding usage licensing and actual ownership. From now on, new collaborations will always be given a traditional copyright declaration on the dashboard. Later, when the collaboration is completed, a CC usage license can be added.
Ability to Upload Versions on Behalf of a Collaborator
Collaboration owners and managers will now be able to upload a new version of an existing track on behalf of the original owner. This is useful when the collaboration owner tweaks a submission, and wants to upload that new version under the original sep. For example, imagine you receive a vocal track, and you -- as the project owner -- want to move verse 1 to verse 2. You can now edit that track and upload it under the original (as a new version) so that your mix/master engineer can access it.
New Create Collaboration Workflow
We have redesigned the Create Collaboration Workflow to take advantage of the new Privacy Settings, and the Copyright Statements. In doing so, we also changed the Genre selection, by grouping genres into channels. We'll be using this later to improve the browsing and search options, allowing users to find collaborations based on the channels.
My Stuff Summary Dashboard Returned
We've brought back the Dashboard page (now called Summary) under the My Stuff section of the site. The summary page will include unread inbox messages, recent notifications, recently visited collaborations, newest collaborations you created, and newest collaborations you joined.
New PDF Viewer
We've replaced the PDF view with a faster, more modern viewer.
EDIT: forgot to add the following additional feature.
Collaboration owners will now have the option to enable detailed Download Logs, which will show who has downloaded tracks.
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