Why Password Protection ?
The following e-mail explains some of the details regarding the need
for password protection.
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 15:48:11 +0000 (GMT)
Sender: Peter Hastings <P.Hastings@roe.ac.uk>
Reply-To: Peter Hastings <P.Hastings@roe.ac.uk>
Subject: Posting Directions on the WWW
To: Ian Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The NUSCDS Web page exists as a bulletin board for:
I am in the happy position of being able to produce crib sheets for
dances with considerable ease. For my own use I produce a crib sheet for
every dance I attend. In the past I have, not regularly, sent hardcopy or
disks or both to group secretaries (as in 2. above). They can then use
these as they see fit - bin them, use them for teaching class before a
dance, use them as a basis for their own cribs, use them literatim. It
seems to me to be a logical extension to put them where anyone in groups
1&2 can get them.
- NUSCDS members.
- 'Scottish University' SCD groups. (Those on the SUSCDF circuit).
- Anyone wandering around the Web that's interested.
I feel unable to release them to group 3 for a number of reasons:-
The guidelines suggested on the Strathspey list were,
- First are the copyright arguments,
- It is not clear what the liability of a Web page holder (in this
case Ian Thompson) is in the event of copyright material being put on
his Web page.
- I don't know where I stand with regards to copyright as it is;
The copyright for cribs is absolutely hellish given the number of
original authors, publishers etc. as well as my own intellectual
property rights in writing the precis.
- Secondly the feeling on the Strathspey
discussion was that the widespread publishing of any
dance directions could cause publishers to give up printing paper
versions or hike the price to cope with reduced demand. This would of
course hit the vast majority of Scottish Country Dancers who have no
access to the Net. The general feeling was that, in the absence of
any major advantage to anyone, directions would not be posted.
- I can't guarantee the accuracy of the cribs (I do my best but..).
I have considered all this in the light of the parlous state of
student finances. I want my cribs to be available to anyone on the
SUSCDF circuit; whilst I am happy to distribute hardcopy and
disks to university group members and to let them have Web access, I
do not want the cribs available generally.
- Use original instructions if at all possible, buy or borrow these.
Cribs are an aide-memoire, it's better to teach from the originals.
- If you need directions for a couple of dances and you can't find them/buy
them in time then post a call for help. Plenty of folk will e-mail you
- Dance directions en masse would not be posted.
Ian Thompson has sent out a general message to the
email@example.com e-mail list giving the ID/password
for access to these files on the Web. This allows anyone on the
circuit free access to these cribs. That way I feel I can fall within
the accepted guidelines, but still give my friends on the
SUSCDF circuit all the help I can.
Sorry to ramble on, but I think this explains why Ian, at my request, has
put this information in a secure area.
I would welcome any comments on this from all of you out there on the
P.S. A fuller discussion of the pros and cons is available from
dancing e-mail list. Follow the thread Posting
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