Hello, good good good... I thought that you would like the fact that you can order free scores, but I was wrong... As for SACEM & co, first of all they certainly have other things to do than to run after accordion scores. (Then, it's enough to adopt the same line of conduct as grooveshark and others which is based on a very vague term in the DMCA (I'm not mistaken) I had read some very interesting things about this, that I will find and share with you. Or second solution, adopt the behavior of a megaupload or other, where it would be possible to the rightful owner to report the scores that violates their copyright and remove them. So that they can reappear a little later and so on... Legally I don't fear much... On the one hand because in the law there is a lot of vagueness as said above, and on the other hand because the accordion scores are the least of the worries of this kind of organization. I see all this outcry, which I understand on your part. But this measure is above all a "contribution" of your part to the evolution of the site, to its maintenance and its good running. Indeed lionel, there are already 2 means of financing, the donations and the publicity. So let's see, advertising since the existence of the website, I personally touched 300$ for that, you can withdraw 100$ of annual fees for P-A (Hosting + domain name). Donations, don't exceed this amount either. There is maybe on average one donation every 2 months... Which are always the same people, who will recognize themselves and whom I thank by the way. On the other hand, the time I invested is counted in thousands of hours, and still several hundreds for the new site. So I'm not writing this to complain, far from it, if I didn't want to do it I wouldn't do it. That's not the point. But don't you think it's justifiable to try to charge for this work? At my old job, the work I did here cost tens of thousands of dollars. I'm not a multinational corporation, I'm just a guy in his living room investing his time for you.
I don't even use P-A, or very rarely, the last time I downloaded a score from the site, I couldn't even tell you when it was. So yes, it's egoistic on my part, and it's questionable. And it's obviously better when everything stays free. But volunteering takes time, a lot of time, which I don't have, because I have to work too. And I'm not sure that many of you are happy to do the same work at night when you get home. I don't feel like doing it on my free time either, when I spend 8 hours a day making websites. So indeed, a contribution of 3 euros a month, I thought it would be a good way to try to finance this work. But I totally understand that asking for this exorbitant amount of money, which is not even a pack of cigarette, a drink in a bar, and maybe 4 breadsticks in the bakery next door, is totally inappropriate from my side, and that I should just continue to do for the best for everybody, not asking for anything in return, and continue to work on it on my free time.
I don't know about you, but if I launched this site, it's because it was a real horror to find accordion scores on the web, it was complicated, you had to go through forums, leave your email address etc... Now there is a site where there are several thousands of scores in self-service, where there are new requests every day and where thanks to you the catalog is enriched with more and more songs and an ever wider repertoire. A contribution of this kind seems to me justified. And let's remember that those who don't want to pay will not be obliged to do so.