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cheyenne_h on 11/27/2014 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #25: WFMU's Secret Weapon with Ken Freedman

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

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 Ken Freedman about WFMU, a well-known noncommercial & freeform radio station in Jersey City, NJ. WFMU created the Free Music Archive, and Ken talks about its origins, copyright laws of yore, and more. 

You can find more information about WFMU at their curator page

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

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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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lizb on 09/08/2014 at 03:45PM

Radio Free Culture Podcast Returns

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. Our season opener is a two-part interview with FMA pal Elliot Harmon, Communications Manager at Creative Commons. We couldn't have imagined a better way to bring back Radio Free Culture than to take a look at the current state of affairs at our favorite alternative licensing operation.

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

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Melodic_In_Fusion on 08/03/2013 at 04:20AM

Did we even introduce ourselves?? Melodic In Fusion = melodic punk from germany :-)

Melodic In Fusion is a 3-piece band from the southwest of germany writing and playing melodic punk-music for more than 10 years.

You can find all of our music for free on sites like Jamendo, or Soundcloud (pick which one you like the most)


All our songs are under "creative commons"-license which means that:

   - you all are free to download it

   - annoy your neighbours with it :-)

   - share it

   - use it as music in your videos (like Cozinha de Jack did on his brazilian punk-cooking-channel on Youtube in his Bacon Blade Chicken video, go and check it!)

   - or whatever you want to do with it ;-)

As long as you mention our band "Melodic In Fusion"And this is Melodic in Fusion

Band members are:Jan who is:

  - looking stupid…  - playing the vocals (we know that’s not proper english but who cares ;-)  - playing the guitar as if he never learned it

Maus who is:

  - looking hilarious…  - playing the bass (that guitar-like-thing with two strings missing)

Dobo who is:

  - looking incredible…  - playing the drums like a drum-computer with a virus  - singing the backing vocals (believe it or not he doesn’t even need a mic in the rehearsals as his voice is f***ing noisy)

All of our songs are somewhere in the melodic punk / punk rock range. Mainly being influenced by being a sucker for good melodies and fast guitars… way back in the 90’s some people called it “Melodycore” :-) check it out on wikipedia… there really IS an article about that.And last but not least here’s our latest work, a Youtube video for our song “Time Goes By” hope you like it:

Time Goes By - Melodic In Fusion on Youtube

If you want to know anything more, get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter :-)

Cheers from germany :-)Melodic in Fusion

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katya-oddio on 05/18/2013 at 03:00PM

Better World Through Collaboration

The Forever Better with Miele fashion show organized by Redress. photo: Redress

Creative Commons licensing has opened a new world for collaboration. Most artists with works in the Free Music Archive share their copyrighted work with some rights reserved. Depending on the chosen license for the work, this often allows others to incorporate the work into something new without the use of lawyers and other middle men.

An avenue of collaboration that the Free Music Archive has actively promoted is the reuse of recordings in film and video. The FMA Music for Video selections offer filmmakers a sampling of the variety of music available for reuse. The FMA also has a partnership with Vimeo, the video host, helping filmmakers find just the right music to fit the setting of the film.

The collaborative music+video results have been remarkable around the world. In fact, in some cases this collaboration even benefits the world. Nonprofit organizations, not typically known for having large promotional budgets, can benefit greatly by re-purposing Creative Commons recordings licensed for reuse.

One FMA success story is the union of a recording by American artist Aaron Ximm with a public service message for sustainability organization Redress. Ximm's track is used in a promo video for the EcoChic Design Award.

Redress is a Hong Kong based NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in Asia's fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption. We achieve this via educational sustainable fashion shows, exhibitions, competitions, seminars, research and media outreach. Our unique profile allows us to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders. We work with multiple fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, retailers, schools and universities, multilateral organizations, governments, NGOs, financial institutions and media organizations.
The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Apply now.
Redress Website | YouTube | Facebook | EcoChic Design Award
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