Changes Announced for Release 2.7

 


By Raf Fiol
3yr+12mo ago

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.

Download Logs

Collaboration owners will now have the option to enable detailed Download Logs, which will show who has downloaded tracks.



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Gemini   commented 3yr+12mo ago


The evolution continues. Excellent!

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sriracha   commented 3yr+12mo ago


This stuff all sounds great, Raf - thanks!!

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Love41   commented 3yr+12mo ago


heck yes !!!! continue to make necessary adjustments as you continue to get positive, and progressive feedback from users !!!

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MikeJM   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Keep up the good work Raf - I'm looking forward to the new site! :)

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BillyLimbo   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Are the user uploaded photo and video galleries coming back?

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BillyLimbo   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Can you provide a way to get rid of user icons of those who no longer have active accounts?

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liljoe6string   commented 3yr+12mo ago


VCOO R! just an idea down the road to be able to select a portion of a song your reviewing.. like in a DAW.. 4 ex say your trying to get an idea on a solo section, or experimenting w a vox before deciding to download, you have to keep clicking back to the section.. ergo be able to make a selection to loop..???

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Moosemind1   commented 3yr+12mo ago


All good ideas, when are you putting in a bathroom so we never have to leave our computers :)

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GeorgeSC   commented 3yr+12mo ago


I like : ) Thumb up !!

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shivshivshiv   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Raf ... this is fantabulous. A lot of the features that I have been waiting for. Especially preventing downloads after collab is done. I hope we can do that for historical projects too ...

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raf   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Yes, absolutely. Any project -- new or old.

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Gemini   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Download Logs! Great!!

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sloppy   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Presumably the last line about download logs should read: Collaboration owners will *now* have the option to enable detailed Download Logs, which will show who has downloaded tracks.

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raf   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Oops! Yes, thanks that. Updated.

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GFConobus   commented 3yr+12mo ago


NICE WORK

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Hotjams   commented 3yr+12mo ago


:-)

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tiempo2112   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Raf What happens if a song has already been registered in another country? ..that about copyright when a collaboration is done??

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marcelosz   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Great! Specially "download logs".

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Gemini   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Download Logs are public BTW. Not a problem though.

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JennyK   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Hey Raf. You removed the heading tags on the dashboard. Please give me something to navigate with. It worked perfectly before with the "h" tags. Now I have to scroll down the entire page manually.

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raf   commented 3yr+11mo ago


JennyK try now. There should be H2 tags on the collabs and on the My Stuff Summary page tabs.

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JennyK   commented 3yr+11mo ago


AH! Awesome Raf. That is absolutely perfect. Thank you. :)

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DonnieAlan   commented 3yr+12mo ago


Oh goodie. Good work!

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DantheMan   commented 3yr+9mo ago


I have only one thing to complain about the new design. When I upload a track, I have to wait for it to finish upload which may take 5 minutes or more. Then I have to enter information and details and then finish the upload. The older website, I could start the upload and then walk away. Now, the upload does not finish until I add the information required after it it uploaded.

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pbattersby   commented 3yr+7mo ago


What happens to licensing for older songs that were Creative Commons? According to the Creative Commons FAQ, you can't revoke the license if someone still has access to a copy of it. Sometimes I'll work on an old song where the original artist might be long gone, and I'll finish the song. Under creative commons, I could share that finished version on my web site (where I provide proper credit to the original artist). Now, even very old songs are "all rights reserved". Unless the artist is around to accept my tracks, there is no point to me contributing to those old songs because unless my tracks are accepted (by someone who is no longer around), I can't share the final result.

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jannik   commented 11mo+29dy ago


How does it look for version 2.8? What features are coming up and what's the timeline? :)

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