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cheyenne_h on 11/24/2014 at 11:00AM

State of the Commons: Free Music, Free Culture

via Creative Commons; CC-BY

Twelve years ago, Creative Commons sought to address the challenges of copyright in the digital era. For the most part, copyright law has not changed, but the way creators can choose to share and license their art online has changed. There are Art Libre licenses for art that wants to be shared and re-purposed and, of course, there are a variety of Creative Commons licenses that let creators determine what, if any, types of sharing they allow without further permission. 

They recently released a "State of the Commons" report with lots of facts and figures about where in the world Creative Commons has been embraced, how many licensed works they can track down, and how they expect this to change over time. 

A few findings were somewhat surprising - and encouraging! For instance, they estimate 882 million works have been licensed under Creative Commons so far, and it's expected to exceed one billion next year. Also, as time has passed, more and more content creators have been sharing their work under licenses that allow for sharing, reuse, and the creation of derivative works such as videos and remixes. The future is looking a little more open, and we're happy to be a part of it. 

View the full report here. 

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cheyenne_h on 11/20/2014 at 11:15AM

Radio Free Culture #24: Netlabel Standard-Bearers blocSonic

Image courtesy of Mike Gregoire.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Mike Gregoire about blocSonic, a long-running netlabel and FMA curator. 

You can find more information about blocSonic at their website and their curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/18/2014 at 11:30AM

Attention, Questionnaire Extraordinaires!

"Suggestion box" by Hash Milhan via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Do you love answering questions? Do you love the Free Music Archive? Well, friend, it's your lucky day! We have launched an FMA user survey - and we need your help.

If you can spare a couple of minutes, we want to know how you use the site, what you love and hate about it, and how you think we can make all your FMA dreams come true! Or, at least, help you find stuff you like. 

Click here to take the survey. 

You're the best!


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Noise_Problems on 11/14/2014 at 11:00PM

Thulebasen video art

We first met Thulebasen at the Festival of Endless Gratitude and were blown away. Their heavy experimental and psychedelic sound has given them a serious rep in the underground music circuit and among those who have been lucky to the see them live. But what also really impressed us is the video art. Awesome videos put out by the label Tambourhinoceros. Raga Gemini and the 18 min Felaia are real odes to joy. Check out also Monster and Forever Grinning on YouTube.


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