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Hi everyone,

We have posted replies to THESE CONTRIBUTIONS for our hitRECord Town Hall collaboration. Of course please feel free to ask any additional questions or post any comments in the thread below. Or, contribute your Text Records to the hitRECord Town Hall collab HERE.

Thanks everyone!

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1) "RE: Film Festivals and/or Live shows" (DayGlo)

Town Hall contribution: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1656524

hitRECord gets approached by international festivals all the time to participate, and it's very rare that we accept an invitation to participate in the festival or grant permission for the community's work to be screened.

There have been a handful of occasions where community members wanted to present completed works at specific events, and we have approved those on a case-by-case basis. To be honest, we have never had a particular policy for this, however we are open to figuring out a method in which members of the community can outline or propose what they'd like to do at a festival and they can send these proposals to us for consideration.

The reason why we're so strict about this is because we are representing the community's work and we are responsible for how and where it is presented. There needs to be oversight where we understand every detail of an event and we feel the community's best interests are in mind for us to entertain the idea of getting involved.

It's also worth noting that it's always been our dream to create a Sundance/TED-like festival for hitRECord. This is years away, but we'd like to achieve this and have it in our future plans to pursue.

We would be more than happy to review any proposals for film festivals and live events that could potentially involve hitRECord. Festival proposals can be e-mailed to us at Support@hitRECord.org and should include the folioing information:

* Please include "Festival Proposal" in the e-mail's subject line

* The e-mail should touch upon the following information:

     - Event title

     - Date(s) of event

     - Event's website

     - Party(ies) involved

     - Admission fees

     - Financial proposal for hitRECord

     - List of requested RECords to be screened

     - How hitRECord will be presented in the event's Program

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2) "QA: Fair Use/Logos ETC" (Zue)

Town Hall contribution: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1656615

In the "RE: Video Testimonial Backgrounds" Text Record (here: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1638292) we posted a reminder for the community to avoid uploading video footage that included the following in the background: DVDs, Posters, Books, Artwork, Clothing Brand Names and Logos.

It is best practices to avoid including any potential copyright material as often as possible, and ultimately the TV show's Clearance Team will flag any possible legal issues, determine what may have to blurred out when the episodes air, and our Post-Production crew will handle any blurring that's needed.

If you happen to shoot footage where storefronts are visible or something like the brand of an automobile can be seen, that's completely okay; if a brand or copyright element is not the main focus of what you're filming, then don't worry about it. Our Clearance Team will make sure everything that airs is legal.

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3) "Deadlines (RE: Town Hall Collab)" (humberfloob)

Town Hall contribution: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1655275 

Establishing deadlines for the requests we make is something we want to do as often as possible. In some cases - especially during the development stage of a video - we will opt to not include deadlines on a collaboration because it can sometimes be better for a collab to have a slow burn. This can allow ideas to gradually roll in without the pressure of a deadline.

It's worth mentioning that because of the way art is made collaboratively on hitRECord, our creative direction is often altered based on the contributions that come in. We like to try and be as precise with our creative direction as possible, without having to change the direction. Obviously this happens from time to time, but we feel that some requests benefit from not having a deadline attached so that the collaborative process can unfold organically.

Overall - and this goes for all of our productions - we are still figuring out the best way to integrate deadlines into our creative methodology. Ideally we would have a feature set in our site's code, but we are not quite there yet development-wise.

Now that we're in production of HITRECORD ON TV, we'll have more specific requests being released across all 8 episodes and deadlines will be included as often as possible. We'll also be following up to deadlines with Text Record reminders, as well as posts on our social media networks.

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4) "Profiling Suggestion- Town Hall" (may mcdonough)

Town Hall contribution: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1652127

Having a feature set that allows users to designate the type of artists they are upon creating their account is a great idea, and it's something we are strongly considering.

Currently, the 'Collaborate' page has a "Filter" drop-down menu that allows the community to locate collaborations that have requests for specific types of artists. The 'Featured' page also has what we've been unofficially referring to as the "collaboration matchmaker" where you can also identify collaborations that have requests for specific artist types.