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  1. _SingSalon_

    Smule blog: Stay Safe on Smule

    Hello Smule Community, We wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about a topic that is important to all of us: our safety. Our mission is to Connect the World through Music, and to do that, we all need to do our part to keep Smule safe for everyone. It’s important to remember safety and privacy are as important online as they are offline. We understand that feeling connected is more important than ever. Keeping your personal information to yourself and away from bad actors is very important. Whether with the people you think you know or anyone you have met, never share: Your location Your address Place of work School information Social Security number or other identification numbers Credit card, banking or other financial information Your password – keep in mind that Smule will never ask for your password Any other personal information These important reminders around privacy and safety are always true online and they are even more important in a live session. Our pre-pandemic plan was to turn LiveJam to audio only. Our community voiced a legitimate concern emphasizing the importance of live, video-enabled connections. We urge you to keep these live connections with people you know and trust. We ask you to be vigilant as there are bad actors looking to take advantage of these uncertain times and the empathy we all feel. While we collaborate with members of our community on an update to the LiveJam experience that better balances live connections with a positive user experience, we recommend always making your LiveJam’s private and only inviting your most trusted friends directly. Not every person that likes your performance or even gifts you a gift is your friend. Unfortunately, it is the reality that a few bad actors go out of their way to ruin the experience for the rest of us. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to launch LiveJam in private mode. HOW TO LAUNCH LIVEJAM IN PRIVATE MODE Launch LiveJam Toggle “Visible to Everyone” off to the left (it will go from pink to grey) Tap “Go Live” Tap the share arrow in the upper right corner Copy link and share with your friends Let’s keep ourselves and each other safe by reporting abusive behavior, blocking bad actors, and not sharing any revealing or personal information, like your location. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to ban someone from your LiveJam. HOW TO BAN FROM YOUR LIVEJAM Tap the face of the member you would like to ban Tap the “…” Tap “Ban from LiveJam” If you want a refresher on what you can do to help keep our Smule community awesome, please review the Smule Community Guidelines and let us know if you have any questions HERE! Thank you, Smule Community Team View the full article on the Smule blog
  2. SailorProudness

    Smule blog: Video LiveJam discontinued

    Hi, I understand that for safety reasons, protecting young children and avoiding perverts in LiveJams is your priority, but then why don't you reinforce security rather than depriving so many people of their daily pleasure which is singing live during this period of confinement? Many of us have met in real life through LiveJams. most of us have been paying for several years and have always been respectful of each other.
  3. inspired_Dev

    Hacked Smule account

    I could not find any option in the app to "log out" out of my account. So I had to uninstall the app. I logged into my account from a computer using the website, went to settings to set a new password. I had to enter my old password once, and then a new password twice. Password changed! Work done? When I reinstalled the app on my mobile, it said "checking..." and then they asked "Is this you?" [Profile Pic] @[my username] "Yes or No." I was me!, so I tapped on Yes. It said "logging in..." & was welcomed inside. They did not ask me for my new password. Inside the app, I could go to settings and directly set a new password. It did not require me to also enter the old password, like I'd done on computer. What if I had used my account on multiple other devices in the past and then uninstalled it and forgot about it? Then those devices were given to other people with my consent (just shared temporarily, lent or sold - so need not be a person I know). With this naive security process of "checking...", "is this you?", "welcome!" on each of those devices, even an innocent person not intending to "hack" my account, if they just installed the app and were naively asked "is this you?", could tap on 'yes' simply out of curiosity and be logged in without trouble. Security and privacy are much more fundamental features than effects, filters, gifts (dubbed "most expressive way to show your appreciation" - really, so you can't simply enter a heartfelt comment to express appreciation?) and "stickers for Snapchat sharing" (why Snapchat?). Shows their priorities.
  4. inspired_Dev

    Elephant in the room: 99.5% of all tracks on Smule are illegal!

    @Kayjan The takeaway lesson for most users is: we have been given full permission to record on the licensed tracks that Smule has uploaded. In the app, see the categories From Smule, Free and Sing with the Artist. These will be the licensed songs. On their website, you can see the directory of licensed songs at smule.com/songs The rest of the songs uploaded by users are all copyright infringements (except when the user happens to be the original composer or owner of the song). What we can do as consumers is NOT upload or use more copyright infringing content, but rather DEMAND the company we are paying to add more LICENSED songs so that we can enjoy the music guilt-free - licensing means the authors/owners of the songs will get royalties (it is like a lifetime pension for the artists & owners for the continued use of their music - copyrights do expire 60 years or so after their death, and then the song becomes public domain typically). The problem is, for the sake of getting millions of songs for free from the enthusiastic users, Smule has completely ignored (to the point of effectively scraping) its "user-requested song licensing" workflow. This form from 2013 is an fossilized relic from that distant past when they wanted to ACTUALLY keep things legal and ethical: http://bit.ly/SuggestSongsForSmule I've written more about the innovative past here: Basically, if the consumers were more educated about copyrights and their own rights to get a safe and sound product, we would all be demanding a new, robust way of requesting licensed songs from Smule (right now, it is us users who are liable for any copyright infringement by the way of uploading or singing on unlicensed content). Also, there are several other things that we would demand, like better privacy and security features, that easily allow us to delete or make private past performances in bulk, or that reduce the chances of someone accidentally breaking into someone else's account: https://sing.salon/forums/topic/837-hacked-smule-account/?do=findComment&comment=3591). The problem is, most users don't care about copyright infringement, licenses and royalties; even if their old recordings get deleted due to copyright infringement, they wouldn't even notice it (we are busy singing, listening to and commenting on the latest collabs, isn't it?), and there is almost zero liability for most users (if anyone does legally target a user in the future for copyright infringement, it will likely be some high-profile user with lots of uploads and followers). That's why fewer users will even care about being aware of these things. But, this also means that the community remains unsafe (malicious entities can spam, stalk, hack; female users especially feel vulnerable to unwanted attention; there is too much ego and arrogance among users - for example, they wouldn't want to listen to any constructive criticism about their singing, only appreciation and flattery is welcome) cc: @opentype @scrapfree @Crazyjster also,cc to: @Chandaliapink @GJAM are you guys around? p.s. @The Minty Clinch I've now purchased a special cover license to evil laugh from Universal, with lifetime validity. Let me know if they transfer the royalties to you, or are just pocketing it all for themselves. Can't let them get away with royalty scams this time.
  5. Ashpookie

    Login Security Poll

    I wish that Smule would consider adding 2 Step Authentification for Login Security. My friends have lost their recordings and group memberships on more than one occasion because of hacks.
  6. inspired_Dev

    Elephant in the room: 99.5% of all tracks on Smule are illegal!

    @GJAM Hello GJam! I'd read your "Make Smule 1000% better" suggestions. I'm myself a power user of Smule, love using it creatively and in the past have sent many such suggestions to their support@smule.com email but to not much positive response. I think you're looking for something like BandLab or Songtree. Smule's core product ("the recording studio inside their flagship karaoke app") was built in its early days 2008-2013 along with many other creative and fun music apps. Nothing much has changed about it since then. They had a "submit a song request form", this is again from 2013. And did you know about the Songify and Ladida apps? I've put info about it in that link too. Most of the early innovators at the company left or were fired over time after that. If you read the previous posts on this topic, you'll see what I'm talking about (start with the post containing the 2 Glassdoor reviews of ex-employees, right above your reply - you can also read all 85 reviews - both good and bad - by logging into the Glassdoor site). Here's a quote from one of the reviews: There are also plenty of privacy and security issues that need to be solved, people have been complaining and discussing about these here but is anyone listening? : The only new features they've added recently are gifts. And that's just copying Starmaker, which actually is a copycat of Smule. So the culture of innovation at Smule (which would've listened to your "1000% better" ideas) has long been killed off by bad management and leadership. As for your ideas about how copyrights and reuse of original music works, you are wrong on multiple counts: You are simply basing your conclusions about copyrights on what you see happening in the world, NOT on what has really been defined in the law books. I have had an email exchange about this with Smule, and they had expressly stated there that any tracks which users haven't got copyrights to are prohibited by Smule (in their "terms" of course, not in reality - they actually want you to add any and all tracks you can because without user-uploaded backing tracks, there's not much to their product to keep the users aboard, is there? At least not for most of the millions of users.) You are free to add your own compositions, beats and original arrangements to Smule or anywhere else, and that would be perfectly legal, because you automatically have the copyrights for being the original creator of those compositions, beats and arrangements - you are automatically the owner of this content. For practical purposes, you'll have to register your original works with a royalty collection society - typically you'll separately register your performing rights (song licenses - pertaining to the melody and lyrics) and mechanical rights (master recording licenses - pertaining to the actual studio recording), so that you can protect them and make claims of copyrights over them (if say, someone later on was to plagiarize your song: say by copying your song's melody and trying to pass it off as their own without your permission). But if you did not compose a song, or own the original master recording of it, then you don't have the copyrights to use it any way you want and post it in public - you need to obtain appropriate licenses for this. For example, if you posted others' copyrighted content on Youtube, they automatically detect this using their ContentID system, and then they will either take a share of ads earnings you might make from those videos, or entirely demonetize that content (Zero ad revenue for you), or even ban your channel in some cases. You can do anything with the tracks you've purchased legally on your own computer and phone for learning and practice purposes of course, or use them in domestic settings with your family and friends or in private parties. But the moment you post it publicly, it becomes liable to be scanned for copyright infringement - no one might actually approach you or say anything for a long time (giving you and everyone else the impression that it is perfectly fine), but if and when they do, they can take it down or impose fines or take any other legal action, for whatever they own. And this has happened recently on Smule. Backing tracks uploaded by users - and the recordings made on them were deleted, because the record labels or the trade organizations representing them must've sent them takedown notices: https://www.smule.com/copyright. And I've already put an example of how instrumental backing tracks or karaokes can be used appropriately in a previous post on this topic: Again, what I've written is based on how it is supposed to be according to copyright laws. It may not be followed properly in many places, and that's the question of how well our policies, technology and people's wills and ethics work. But, it DOES NOT make such use LEGAL. A whopping majority of user uploads on Smule are not legal and you'll have to change the copyright laws to make it legal.
  7. inspired_Dev

    Elephant in the room: 99.5% of all tracks on Smule are illegal!

    It is a social platform. Heard of network effect? So, they would want you to use it more and bring more people along, just for their profits' sake. But, they do! They show ads to the free users (40-50 million monthly active users, right?). Look at all their "advertising/analytics/tracking" partners listed on their cookies page: https://www.smule.com/cookiepolicy Did Facebook require selling VIP accounts to earn money (revenue, market share, investors etc.)? You use it for free, they get paid through the ads shown to you. The more the user activity (and network effect due to this activity) on the platform, the better it is for the company. Your security, privacy, safety etc. are not their topmost priority. Forget about feature requests and complaining about recordings deleted due to copyrights (a big concern for users, given that most tracks are user-uploaded and not copyright-compliant -- something which everyone here has agreed on, whether they care about it or not -- and so liable to be purged in the future). Welcome to the attention economy, where your attention is the product being sold. cc: @Crazyjster, @The Minty Clinch, @MissMalice89
  8. I wouldn't call it "security teams" haha but just to keep kids and trolls/spammers out. I come here to escape the public and be myself...I encourage others to have fun and do the same. It's karaoke. People should have a place to not have to worry about perceptions or judgement. That's just me. We are all here for different reasons. Other people can't get enough social media attention and that's fine...we have different goals. But in the end it should be up to the user if he or she is going to be broadcast to the public. Some people have jobs that require anonymity for example, as well as jobs that do background checks (unlike FB, Twitter, and Instagram where they actually post publicly). The publicity OCs and live jams is potentially be dangerous, especially when someone has no idea this stuff is actually public. Then there is the issue of COPPA and children under 13...which is a whole different can of worms...bottom line, not to mention the content of what has gone on in live jams (and those are just ones I have been in...I have heard more stories). Bottom line, none of this should be public unless the user makes it public.
  9. Oh my! I am not familiar with the Facebook watch party feature, and I am glad. What a racket! You’re far more popular than I am on the app. I’ve been trolled in Jams, but not to the extent I have to set up a security team. 😂 Just wow! I am not making fun. It is sad, but it’s also almost comical people are so immature and so silly, especially if they’re adults. The privacy feature works for me, at least I hope. But I don’t do anything I care for the whole world to see. I’m sure you are the same, but it’s the invasion of privacy that would bother me. Best of luck!
  10. @PeacefulJoin I forgot...now with facebook watch party people watch you everywhere and can join/change user names every 2 minutes...some crazy stuff...it depends what I feel like doing...if I want to have fun and don't care I don't go through the trouble but if it is one of those nights where I am getting trolled...even when you private a room if someone has been there they can come back so I use security lol!
  11. Sam_maile

    Privacy issue

    That’s still a major problem for anyone wondering and simply removing app won’t prevent logging back into account w/o first clearing data on device ─something I didn’t know when i gave my boyfriend my old android...my account has been sabotaged by him several times now when we’ve been fighting including blocking of friends, deleted joins or OCs, removing me from all my groups, he canceled my subscription, sending messages to people thru smule (which FYI if two devices are logged into same account only if the device that opens message will see it in their inbox or at least the newly sent messages from a previous correspondence) I’ve reported it multiple times only got a bot response back (I think when I was complaining about my subscription being terminated without seeking approval or at least sending me an email...) yah smules not the most keen on privacy or account security...>_<
  12. My understanding is that for any one to be able to listen to your Smule recordings they should have down loaded the Smule Application and registered with an email id and a contact phone number etc etc. They do not have to be a VIP member. For example I can just click on your profile picture now and go straight to your page and listen to all your recordings. Now the question is if the stalker is bothering you and posting unsolicited comments etc. that is not to your liking ? . If "YES" you can just go to your Smule settings and "BLOCK" this individual. Once you block them there is not much he our she can do to harass you or upset you. If they manage to get around this by registering using a different user name then you can complain to Smule and let the security experts at Smule help block this individual. Hope this helps. Ram Sydney
  13. Ashpookie

    The Smule Dream

    Hi, good question. I have two particular needs on Smule that would help a lot: 1. 2 Step Authentification for Login Security 2. People should be able to upload a Freestyle with a blank video option. Currently, only audio OC can be created. ~ Ashkej
  14. BrainDad

    VIP subscriptions at Smule.com from Brazil

    About android vs iOS, remember you can subscribe via web, instead of the device store, so you can set up your account in both kinds of devices. About country limits, I don't know if this would work, but you might use one of those VPN services, which let you navigate the internet from another country. You can even choose a cheap smule country. Beware security issues, if you are going to pay through an vpn connection, as the vpn provider migth sniff your card numbers or payment password.

    TSMA 6th Year Anniversary Special

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  16. AanPranata07

    The Worship Song Indonesia

    The Worship Song Indonesia Is the first and largest Indonesian spiritual songs community on Smule, founded in 2015. Our Official sing account is twsindonesia. At the moment, the group only accepts Indonesian people around the world. How To Join : Post Your Vidoe on Facebook group The Worship Song Indonesia . Video Require for security reasons, because we usually meet in the real world. Contact: Line id : aanpranata07 or WhatsApp: 082320020033
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