I've been tossing around the possibility of making something like the Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzer. From scratch. The idea I have is that people will enter in rhythms in the form of actual music notation, and then the device will then play the rhythms back for you and will tell you how accurate you are. Then, if the user wants, he/she can upload their rhythm to their profile, and then everybody else with this same drumpad will be able to download the rhythm from this person's profile and onto their own pad and play it. So, it's like one big, happy community of people with these drumpads sharing rhythms.
What I'm concerned about is that people will enter in snare drum solos that are copyrighted and save these rhythms and then then other people will be able to play these solos. Do you see any copyright issues here? The music is actually stored in musicxml, so it's not sheet music or anything. Is it wrong if I am enabling this kind of copyright issue (if it is one)? So, I guess it will be like Soundcloud, except for rhythm. Similar to Sound cloud, I feel like it would be the user's own fault for violating copyright, and not my own fault for enabling this sort of thing.
A couple other thoughts:
- Can rhythm even be copyrighted? This is for just rhythm and not melody or chords or anything.
- If this is a copyright issue, can I protect myself by having terms of service that say you cannot upload "copyrighted rhythms (like a snare drum solo)".
I found this United States - Does uploading music to a site imply responsibility for copyright infringement? ... but, it is for full music, and not just rhythm.