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To Srg (et al.): A Public Apology

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Srg,

Since I cannot find an email address for you but did find a post saying that you do not check it anyway and even when you do you ignore email from people you do not know and, all that considered, you have no real clue who I am... I figured I would just write you a forum post.

My dilemma: ask you how to get in touch with you or just ask you the questions I need to ask and let everyone else listen in. I figured that latter would not hurt, considering you deserve the credit, and it would make it easier for people who are curious to find answers. I figured it would also be fair to the other people that this involves. Most specifically, the team at ReSpekt Online and anyone who may have felt annoyed, irritated, or angered by what has happened.

Unfortunately, this post will be fairly long because I am fairly verbose and I like to ramble on and on.

After being introduced to Regina Spektor's music, I did what any nerd would do and began searching the ether for anything that would pet my lust for more music. I was surprised at how thorough the online community was and quickly began noticing that there were dozens of live recordings for those of us coming to the party a little late and, joy of joys, Regina likes to sing songs that are not on any commercial recordings. I began my quest to download every live recording I could find and shortly discovered two things:

1) As thorough as the community was, there was a shortage of hosts to actually store the material. Recordings were scattered over dozens of sites and while this forum contained links to everything, most of the links were dead. The few sites still online were under construction or were merely file sharing sites that were great for providing files and not so great at providing information. All of this had the strange effect of finding lots of singleton tracks with no knowledge of where they were recorded, who recorded them, when they were recorded, and whether they were actually available in commercial form. The major exception to all of this was ReginaSpektor.net, which is best explained by the second thing I discovered:

2) ReginaSpektor.net frickin' rules. I quickly downloaded everything I could from the site and then began picking through the blog for anything not immediately obvious. The sets were, for the most part, complete and credit was given where credit was due. Unfortunately, in my rush to get everything I could, a lot of the extra information was lost. It was at this point I began making the mistake that led to upsetting at least one person and created a large amount of work that a lazy fool like myself has only recently begun to undertake.

The basic result of the above two points: I had gigs of Regina on my computer and very little information about where I found it. The best case scenario was a link to the site where I found the files, but usually no information about the taper or host, and the link was to the root site and not the specific page where I found the files. The problem that arose was that I put myself into a position that made it difficult and inconvenient, This in and of itself was not necessarily a large problem, but I found a way to turn it into one.

When Respekt Online went live, they posted a message in the Livejournal community noting they were now hosting recordings of concerts, demos, and any other related material. After a short exchange of emails, I joined their team and began working on revamping their concerts page.

I finished what I considered a prototype for the design and took what I now consider the biggest misstep in this whole process. After giving myself a way to easily add new concerts, I uploaded all of the files I had procured without asking for permission from anyone who may have cared and simply let the prototype go live. Since ReginaSpektor.net was my primary source for everything Regina, this basically meant that all of the concerts you have hosted over the years suddenly found their way to another website with nearly nothing in terms of credit. At best, there was a link back to the site. At worst, there were no comments at all.

Your site was not the only one plagiarized. In September, ReSpekt Online received an email from someone else whose recording had been uploaded without so much as a note about where it was originally hosted. This email brought me a shocking realization that I had made a huge mistake. Between September and now I had all but disappeared from any Regina related communities due to a mix of busyness, fear, guilt, and being at a complete loss about what to do with the mess I had created.

As it is now, I am back and have decided to eat the crow I deserve and present my most sincere apologies for everything I have done. I have no idea what to do about all of it. Today I made a first pass at providing links back to the appropriate posts where I found the concerts I took from ReginaSpektor.net and, where I could, made comments about the sources. However, a majority of the other concerts currently available at ReSpekt Online have no comments about where I found them and I am still in the process of tracking down the original links and crediting the people responsible for the recordings. But I still have no permission from anyone to actually host them at ReSpekt Online.

So, as a first step, I ask you the question I should have asked at the beginning of all of this: I ask you for permission to host the files you have made available from the website found at <a href="http://www.reginaspektor.net/">ReginaSpektor.net</a>. And I again apologize for not asking before. There is no excuse for what I did, and I am truly sorry. It is possible that someone else on the team has asked the people responsible but as far as I know, this is not the case. Either way, I still owe you an apology for what I, personally, have done.

In the event that you would rather ReSpekt Online not host the files you have provided, I am sure we can work out a way to simply link to the relevant posts on your site instead of hosting them ourselves. Or, if you would rather there be no ties at all, I am sure any requests could be granted.

If hosting the files does not bother you, please let me know how you would prefer to be credited and if you have any requests about how we host them. (The person who emailed us in September made comments about file names, ad revenue, et cetera.)

For anyone else who is reading this and has found some of their material hosted at ReSpekt Online's concert page, I extend the apologies to you as well. I never intended to deny anyone credit, but I was lazy and chose to host the files anyway. If I have offended anyone by doing this, please accept my apologies and be assured that I am more than willing to do what I can to make things right. In the next few weeks I am hoping to begin tracking down the original sources for the concerts available at ReSpekt Online and asking for permission to host them. Commenting here or emailing me would be the fastest ways to reach me. (My email address is included below.)

In the meantime, I am planning on continuing to allow ReSpekt Online to host the files unless I hear otherwise from the people who are responsible for their creation. The reason behind this decision is that I have no idea where a great deal of the concerts actually came from and know that they are not easily available on the internet. Those that I do have links to have been mixed in with the others and I am hoping to sort everything out soon. Instead of pulling everything offline while I work through this mess, I have decided that it would make more sense to let people have access to the files. This is based on the impression that most people would prefer that they stay available for those who are looking to download them. If anyone disagrees with this decision, please post here or email me to let me know.

All of this said, I will say this in closing: Srg, thank you very much for providing such an amazing resource. Again, please forgive me for not approaching you about all of this back in August, when I first began the path that led me here. I hope that there are no hard feelings toward myself or ReSpekt Online. If there are, please let me know; I would much rather that there is no ill-will in the community.

For anyone else who is in contact with Srg, please let him know I have written this. I do not know how often he checks the forum. And, to the community has a whole, please forgive me for my mistake.

Sincerely,

Adam Babcock (MrHen)

reginaspektor@mrhen.com

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Srg,

Since I cannot find an email address for you but did find a post saying that you do not check it anyway and even when you do you ignore email from people you do not know and, all that considered, you have no real clue who I am... I figured I would just write you a forum post.

My dilemma: ask you how to get in touch with you or just ask you the questions I need to ask and let everyone else listen in. I figured that latter would not hurt, considering you deserve the credit, and it would make it easier for people who are curious to find answers. I figured it would also be fair to the other people that this involves. Most specifically, the team at ReSpekt Online and anyone who may have felt annoyed, irritated, or angered by what has happened.

Unfortunately, this post will be fairly long because I am fairly verbose and I like to ramble on and on.

After being introduced to Regina Spektor's music, I did what any nerd would do and began searching the ether for anything that would pet my lust for more music. I was surprised at how thorough the online community was and quickly began noticing that there were dozens of live recordings for those of us coming to the party a little late and, joy of joys, Regina likes to sing songs that are not on any commercial recordings. I began my quest to download every live recording I could find and shortly discovered two things:

1) As thorough as the community was, there was a shortage of hosts to actually store the material. Recordings were scattered over dozens of sites and while this forum contained links to everything, most of the links were dead. The few sites still online were under construction or were merely file sharing sites that were great for providing files and not so great at providing information. All of this had the strange effect of finding lots of singleton tracks with no knowledge of where they were recorded, who recorded them, when they were recorded, and whether they were actually available in commercial form. The major exception to all of this was ReginaSpektor.net, which is best explained by the second thing I discovered:

2) ReginaSpektor.net frickin' rules. I quickly downloaded everything I could from the site and then began picking through the blog for anything not immediately obvious. The sets were, for the most part, complete and credit was given where credit was due. Unfortunately, in my rush to get everything I could, a lot of the extra information was lost. It was at this point I began making the mistake that led to upsetting at least one person and created a large amount of work that a lazy fool like myself has only recently begun to undertake.

The basic result of the above two points: I had gigs of Regina on my computer and very little information about where I found it. The best case scenario was a link to the site where I found the files, but usually no information about the taper or host, and the link was to the root site and not the specific page where I found the files. The problem that arose was that I put myself into a position that made it difficult and inconvenient, This in and of itself was not necessarily a large problem, but I found a way to turn it into one.

When Respekt Online went live, they posted a message in the Livejournal community noting they were now hosting recordings of concerts, demos, and any other related material. After a short exchange of emails, I joined their team and began working on revamping their concerts page.

I finished what I considered a prototype for the design and took what I now consider the biggest misstep in this whole process. After giving myself a way to easily add new concerts, I uploaded all of the files I had procured without asking for permission from anyone who may have cared and simply let the prototype go live. Since ReginaSpektor.net was my primary source for everything Regina, this basically meant that all of the concerts you have hosted over the years suddenly found their way to another website with nearly nothing in terms of credit. At best, there was a link back to the site. At worst, there were no comments at all.

Your site was not the only one plagiarized. In September, ReSpekt Online received an email from someone else whose recording had been uploaded without so much as a note about where it was originally hosted. This email brought me a shocking realization that I had made a huge mistake. Between September and now I had all but disappeared from any Regina related communities due to a mix of busyness, fear, guilt, and being at a complete loss about what to do with the mess I had created.

As it is now, I am back and have decided to eat the crow I deserve and present my most sincere apologies for everything I have done. I have no idea what to do about all of it. Today I made a first pass at providing links back to the appropriate posts where I found the concerts I took from ReginaSpektor.net and, where I could, made comments about the sources. However, a majority of the other concerts currently available at ReSpekt Online have no comments about where I found them and I am still in the process of tracking down the original links and crediting the people responsible for the recordings. But I still have no permission from anyone to actually host them at ReSpekt Online.

So, as a first step, I ask you the question I should have asked at the beginning of all of this: I ask you for permission to host the files you have made available from the website found at <a href="http://www.reginaspektor.net/">ReginaSpektor.net</a>. And I again apologize for not asking before. There is no excuse for what I did, and I am truly sorry. It is possible that someone else on the team has asked the people responsible but as far as I know, this is not the case. Either way, I still owe you an apology for what I, personally, have done.

In the event that you would rather ReSpekt Online not host the files you have provided, I am sure we can work out a way to simply link to the relevant posts on your site instead of hosting them ourselves. Or, if you would rather there be no ties at all, I am sure any requests could be granted.

If hosting the files does not bother you, please let me know how you would prefer to be credited and if you have any requests about how we host them. (The person who emailed us in September made comments about file names, ad revenue, et cetera.)

For anyone else who is reading this and has found some of their material hosted at ReSpekt Online's concert page, I extend the apologies to you as well. I never intended to deny anyone credit, but I was lazy and chose to host the files anyway. If I have offended anyone by doing this, please accept my apologies and be assured that I am more than willing to do what I can to make things right. In the next few weeks I am hoping to begin tracking down the original sources for the concerts available at ReSpekt Online and asking for permission to host them. Commenting here or emailing me would be the fastest ways to reach me. (My email address is included below.)

In the meantime, I am planning on continuing to allow ReSpekt Online to host the files unless I hear otherwise from the people who are responsible for their creation. The reason behind this decision is that I have no idea where a great deal of the concerts actually came from and know that they are not easily available on the internet. Those that I do have links to have been mixed in with the others and I am hoping to sort everything out soon. Instead of pulling everything offline while I work through this mess, I have decided that it would make more sense to let people have access to the files. This is based on the impression that most people would prefer that they stay available for those who are looking to download them. If anyone disagrees with this decision, please post here or email me to let me know.

All of this said, I will say this in closing: Srg, thank you very much for providing such an amazing resource. Again, please forgive me for not approaching you about all of this back in August, when I first began the path that led me here. I hope that there are no hard feelings toward myself or ReSpekt Online. If there are, please let me know; I would much rather that there is no ill-will in the community.

For anyone else who is in contact with Srg, please let him know I have written this. I do not know how often he checks the forum. And, to the community has a whole, please forgive me for my mistake.

Sincerely,

Adam Babcock (MrHen)

reginaspektor@mrhen.com

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