User talk:Sean Michael Salamon

Five Variations and a Fugue on Russia's National Anthem, Op.3

Hi, you blanked the page above. Do you want the work to be deleted? If you just want to replace the file with another version go here and follow the corresponding link. Hobbypianist 20:13, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

No, I would like the work deleted. Sorry for the confusion. Sean Salamon 06:13, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Ok, done. Hobbypianist 19:33, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

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  • Thank you for moving the page. Is there any particular reason why you directed me to review the CC licenses or is this just the general run-down for someone who has not contributed in several years? Sean Salamon 03:28, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Hi, just a general run-down. We have a lot more living composers here now, so we need to make everyone aware of the situation with respect to ASCAP, et al. We are presently having discussions with them (and BMI) about the contemporary composers who upload things here. Carolus 06:18, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Carl Sagan text?

Hi Sean, Did you happen to obtain permission from the Sagan estate? His work is not public domain in Canada (or anywhere else, for that matter). Thanks, Carolus 01:43, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

No, Carolus. I did not. I determined that the use of his text was fair use due to these reasons:
  • The amount of text I quote is insubstantial-- a mere 59 words total contained in two quotations-- and an extremely small excerpt of its gigantic source, the Cosmos documentary.
  • I do not stand to gain anything commercial from this work, nor is my motivation for using them commercial. In fact, I would argue that my use of them is educational.
  • I present content that is already freely available in a variety of sources online.
  • I give Sagan all due credit.
  • In using these two quotations, I am not competing with Sagan's estate in any way, nor am I negatively affecting the market for or value of the copyrighted work.
  • Perhaps most importantly, I am using the quotations to create something new, rather than just copying them.
However, if IMSLP disagrees, I will of course cooperate with them, whether that means seeking permission from Sagan's estate or removing the piece from the database. Perhaps you would be interested to know that both of these quotations can be found at, along with countless other longer ones from the same work, under a fair use rationale. Sean Michael Salamon 02:15, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks very much. You make a strong case that this would fall under fair use. I'm going to go ahead and approve these with the caveat that we will have to pull them down if (and only if) we get a letter from the Sagan estate disputing this assertion. I recommend you copy and paste the points above to the actual work page as it will help to dispell any doubts on the part of visitors downloading the scores. Carolus 02:30, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks very much, Carolus. I appreciate it. I will gladly append the above points to the work page. If there's somewhere specific on the page that you prefer, I will put it there. Sean Michael Salamon 02:39, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for posting it. I moved it to the "general information" section as it applies to the work itself, not just the uploaded file. That way, if you later elected to orchestrate the accompaniment or otherwise arrange the work, the same argument applies. Regards, Carolus 03:11, 22 December 2011 (UTC)