California has an [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=22001-23000&file=22575-22579 Online Privacy Protection Act] that went into effect July 1 2004. Here is a [http://www.americanbusinessmedia.com/images/abm/pdfs/government/CAprivacy.pdf summary]. I am not a lawyer, but my understanding is that although it requires a Privacy Statement in some cases, I believe the requirement would not apply to CPDL for the following reasons:
- My thoughts on privacy policies are pretty much the same as those on copyright: if you put it outthere, there isn't much point in complaining afterwards. Much as I agree that people are entitled to compensation, not to mention recognition for their efforts, I'm also aware of the fact that that simply doesn't happen. Look at any score page on CPDL: thousands of hits for the most popular one, yet how many users have even bothered to inform the editor/composer of them using a score? Or to mention him/her in their program handouts? Not very polite, to be sure, but unfortunately very real.
- The same goes for privacy: no matter how hard you try, any half-decent hacker can do a lot of harm with even a fake email address if he really wants to. So if one really cares passionately about either one's copyright or privacy, I think one should resort to traditional publications, which can be traced and tracked, rather than this very insecure medium.
- Don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to downplay the importance of copyright/privacy, though the outrageous application of it by so many music publishers is probably the reason why sites such as these exist. But I think the amount of text, time and webspace devoted to it is naive at best - although that might just be because I'm luckily not part of the over-legislativised (it that is even a word) Anglo-Saxon community. joachim 01:55, 5 September 2008 (PDT)