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It's not about free music.  And it's not about piracy.  It's about the democratization of access. 

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Music: Free Music Book

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Cases get thrown out of court at an early stage because the Prosecutor called an infringement of the Copyright Act 'theft'. The natural state with respect to digital files (as opposed to tangible objects) is that they can be cheaply copied without damaging the original or depriving the owner of it or its use. Copyright is a government welfare/subsidy program for writers, artists, etc. It says that we will use government power to prevent people from doing an easy thing (making a copy of something on their computer) in order to transfer wealth to writers, etc. That may be a fine and wise social policy. But failing to abide by an artificial ban on copying is not "theft" or "stealing" in any but the most highly attenuated sense.It is not theft. The elements of the offence are fairly simple. Theft includes 'to permanently deprive a person of access to his asset'. This obviously does not apply. The crime of robbery include violence, actual or threatened. The idea that creative people will not produce stuff unless they make money from it is empirically false; a counterexample is the SourceForge project, which hosts free software projects.

About the rising power of the audience. 
Don't pay attention to the mainstream pundits.  They're just looking to save their jobs, and are no different from Universal or Sony BMG.  They want it the way it's always been.  But it's never going to be that way again.


Gamers are the biggest millennial subculture in "online-Music"
No Copyright Sounds.
It was created to discover and provide royalty-free music for gaming videos. By now, it has grown out to a YouTube channel with millions of followers, and hundreds of thousands of followers on their other channels, adding up to millions. They’re now part of AEI, a full-stack music company which also runs a handful of other well-known music networks. Music has lost its cultural monopoly for identity building. Music used to be the only fast way in which people could understand that there are other people around the world, with similar ideas and feelings. People who are just like them. Now, social media & internet communities have stripped music from that. A Google search can instantly connect you to people who think the same things you do. Music is simply not important for that anymore. Nightcore is a remix culture. Most commonly, producers take a pop or dance song, raise the BPM and pitch, do some additional editing and that’s a wrap. To some, nightcore edits can look like blatant rip-offs, but what they’re doing is they’re translating a song and sound to a different audience.

Get 11,000 files of out-of-copyright historical recordings.
My complete CD listing has been edited and rearranged as: Forman's CD collection. It has gone into the above folder and is available as a separate file

University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology Archive

Source explains -- Disco Nest Database will tell you the key and BPM of any record. Disconest uses The Echonest music database to find this information about records and cds registered on Discogs.

Attention Kmart Shoppers
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music, or perhaps you could call it elevator music. Anyways, I saved these tapes from the trash during this period and this video shows you my extensive, odd collection. Until around 1992, the cassettes were rotated monthly. Then, they were replaced weekly. Finally sometime around 1993, satellite programming was introduced which eliminated the need for these tapes altogether. The older tapes contain canned elevator music with instrumental renditions of songs. Then, the songs became completely mainstream around 1991.

The David W. Niven Collection of Early Jazz Lege1991nds, 1921- - David W. Niven (not the British actor, a High School teacher with a Jersey accent) recorded 650 Cassette tapes of great jazz artists, together with his own commentary on the history of the tracks and artist, when each was recorded, and which musicians appeared. The 1000+ hours, and scans of his setlists and notes are available on The David W. Niven Collection of Early Jazz Legends, 1921-1991 This is an extraordinary collection. It has been Mr. Niven's life's work. It represents the very finest American music of the twentieth century, and because Mr. Niven took the time and care to record these commentaries, he has produced a library that is accessible to everyone from jazz aficionados to jazz novices. This is all made even more remarkable by the fact that, had Mr. Niven not had the foresight to contact Steve Massey in 2010, this entire collection may have disappeared. How many collections of jazz like this get junked after estate sales every year? hear Django Reinhardt

Music Vault brings 12,000 classic concert clips to YouTube Even if you weren't born yet on July 7th, 1970, you can now catch The Who's classic Tanglewood concert thanks to Music Vault. It's just unveiled an avalanche of classic concert videos, 12,000 in all, on its YouTube video channel. Those include concerts from The Who, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen (among others); newer shows like Deer Tick in Vermont during Hurricane Irene; and archives from Woodstock, the now-defunct Capitol Theater in New Jersey and the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. The Music Vault group said it has spent the last two years "restoring, transferring, mixing and mastering thousands of tapes from (its) enormous archive" for the new collection. All told, there are now 13,000 videos totaling nearly 2,000 hours on the site, along with playlists, features and original content. If you've got a couple of hours to spare, check the source.


Consumers have a “fair use” right to make a  copy of their media collection.


Orientation - Plagiarism in Dylan, or a Cultural Collage?
"This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singing it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."

  1. Free Music Downloads - You are on this page now.
  2. Waves including how to embed sound into your page
  3. Lyrics For Every Song
  4. Free Music Education Sites
  5. Common License Copyright Free Compostion Lawrence Lessig's (founder of the creative commons) Huge and important news: free licenses upheld. Creative Commons now has an OER policy registry. OER stands for Open Educational Resources. The registry currently has over five dozen current and proposed open education resources from around the world.
  6. "This song is Copyrighted" in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. This Land is Your Land.
  7. Music Law - Courtney Love Manifesto
    Today I want to talk about piracy and music. What is piracy? Piracy is the act of stealing an artist's work without any intention of paying for it. I'm not talking about Napster-type software.
  8. MP3 “The Future of Digital Music: Is There an Upside to Downloading?” Statement of Roger McGuinn Songwriter and Musician Formerly with The Byrds. McGuinn's Folk Den Giving It Away all the BitTorrents that offer legal Free Music.
  9. US Copyright Law: Over View, Fair Use, Public Domain, Resources, Copyright, Copyleft, Commons
  10. Free Software
  11. Open Source
  12. Digital Rights Management: DRM Free Songs


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