PRIVACY POLICY

 

Danclancy.com/Collective Music Group is committed to respecting your privacy in an increasingly networked, increasingly invasive business and communications environment.

Danclancy.com/Collective Music Group presently maintains a free postal mailing list service, telephone information services, and additional services selling danclancy.com/Collective Music Group merchandise Collective Records recordings and related merchandise items by post and/or online through this site, and this danclancy.com/Collective Music Group official website. In all of these cases, danclancy.com/Collective Music Group maintains a strict policy of preserving your privacy and the confidentiality of any information given to us via those channels.

Whether you visit our website, or contact us by phone, post or email with a query or a request, join the danclancy.com/Collective Music Group postal mailing/emailing list, fill in the email form on our site or purchase a CD or other merchandise item from us by phone, post or website, please rest assured that your private information remains private. Neither your name and address, nor details of your purchases, nor your e-mail address or website visiting patterns, will be given to anyone else for any reason. We will not send unsolicited postal or e-mail if requested.

Any data you provide us with will be stored securely on our own systems and only for the purposes which you indicate and inform us to do so. If you wish to be removed from our danclancy.com/Collective Music Group postal mailing list database or to alter any of the information we presently have for you, simply write to us at collective@danclancy.com.

If you feel there is any way that we can strengthen our performance in this vital area, or anything that we have overlooked, please do not hesitate to contact us with your suggestions. Please note that this website contains links to other sites and danclancy.com/Collective Music Group is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those websites.

 

ONLINE SECURITY

Our online commerce (temporarily not in service) is entrusted to Indie Pool (Canada) Inc., an internationally recognized independent retail and e-commerce distributor of music and merchandise. Their secure server software (SSL) encrypts all your personal information including credit or debit card number and your name and address through services provided by Magma Communications through Entrust. Indie Pool (Canada) Inc. uses this most widely accepted encryption system for e-commerce websites. The encryption process takes the characters you enter and converts them into bits of code that are then securely transmitted over the Internet directly through the danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records computer to Indie Pool (Canada) Inc. Since the inception of this site in 2000, none of our customers have reported fraudulent use of their credit card as a result of purchases made with us.

FILE SHARING

Some visitors to this site and other correspondents have written to us to ask about danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records and Dan Clancy’s view of peer-to-peer music “sharing” software in its original incarnation or other functioning clones. We feel that because this controversial issue has been in the public eye for some time now and is, understandably, an issue of concern to music fans, we feel obliged to provide you with a response that says, “This is what we think and this is where we stand”. Given the wildly diverging opinions and legal controversy surrounding this technology and new use of technology, we are grateful that so many of you have paused for reflection and contacted us to learn what position Dan Clancy, as an artist, takes. We also appreciate the fact that so many of you have balanced your enthusiasm for finding new ways to hear new music with a recognition that the artists who create that material deserve to have a say in how it is made available, and, of course, deserve to be compensated for use of that music, whether it is sold on a compact disc in a record shop, used in a television program, or turned into an MP3 file and transmitted via the Internet. Thank you, once again, for your courtesy. Firstly, Dan Clancy and the rest of us at danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records heartily applaud any avenue which makes it easier for music fans to learn about new artist and new music, especially when the artist and music in question are on independent labels, or are self-released, and consequently do not have the large marketing, advertising and radio promotion budgets that major labels take for granted. Despite the admirable efforts of forward thinking radio stations to find room for new or “difficult-to-format” music, and the work of music loving retail outlets who offer listening posts and knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff, it often seems that the avenues of exposure for new artists are far too limited. We understand, therefore, the enthusiasm with which music fans have taken to the Internet as a way to hear new music, be it by creating or joining communities (chatrooms, email lists, newsgroups, etc.) to share common interests or by listening to Internet radio stations or visiting legitimate music sites. It seems to us that the widespread interest in peer-to-peer music-“sharing” software is just one more manifestation of the desire on the part of music consumers to broaden the range of music they are exposed to. Nevertheless, the fact remains that when you use peer-to-peer software of this kind (some older examples being Aimster, bearshare, WinMx, LimeWire, Audiogalaxy, iMesh and Morpheus) you are transmitting or receiving music for which no royalty has been paid to the songwriters or recording artists. Downloading files via such services means that you are not paying royalties on the music you receive, and – there’s no way around this fact – the person who create the music is not being paid.

Uploading files via such services – be it a hit single, an album track, an out-of-print album, or a bootlegged live recording – means that you are chipping away at the artist’s right to decide what, of his or her material, is available to the public. Finally, we should note that independent artists, in particular, will always be at a disadvantage in cases of copyright infringement; whether it’s a matter of finding the money for lawsuits or simply having enough staff to spend time scanning the Internet for websites with copyright-infringed material, it is much more difficult for independent labels or self-released artists to protect their rights that it is for major labels.

For those reasons, we must ask that you do not seek out, download or upload danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records music files via “Napster-style” services. It is our hope that the organizations and individuals behind such systems will have the opportunity in future to legitimize their businesses and prove the commitment to artists that they have often proclaimed. In the meantime, however, using these systems only helps to chip away at artists’ rights to payment for their creations and a say in how those creations are distributed.

On a related note, many of you will be aware that in almost all cases, we do not permit you to put copyright danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records audio, video, photo or lyric files on your own website. If you are in any doubt as to whether danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records music files on a site – be it yours or someone else’s – are legitimate (ie. have the copyright owner’s permission to be used in this way), do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to clarify matters.

Finally, we would like to add that the commitment to allowing fans to hear music before purchase has been one we have long held. Should you wish to sample danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records clients and/or Dan Clancy’s music before purchase, or simply learn more about it, we hope that the MP3 files, biographies and discography information on this official danclancy.com/Collective Music Group/Collective Records/Dan Clancy website will be sufficient.