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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Open Licensed Music Speeds Up in Germany

Open Licensed Music Speeds Up in Germany

Open Licensed Music Speeds Up in Germany

Added: Monday, August 30th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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The phenomenon of open licensed music is not actually new, nor the artists facing the pitfalls of copyright. The new is the fact that a German music outlet has distributed more than 345,000 free tracks within one month.


There was a well-founded argument in German music circles that good music is in fact a dead bargain. The only exception making a difference is the music actively promoted due to the largest record labels death grip on the different traditional ways of promotion. However, it’s not clear if it is still true in Germany, but the clear thing is that one music service generates quite impressive numbers. A free music movement (the music distributed under open licenses like Creative Commons) has been constantly speeding up for the last years.

The first sign of it was ASCAP attacking Creative Commons, and not just once, but twice. This move from a well-known outfit can say much, and even though the attacks seem to be premature, such attention should mean something. Back in Germany, it seems to generate momentum with open licensed music like Creative Commons. As per Darker Radio, a German website, the free music charts for this month topped 345,000 downloads.

The major part of the tracks is available on Jamendo and Archive.org, which specialize in distributing Creative Commons music. For example, Jamendo allows visitors to download tracks for free under a Creative Commons license via peer-to-peer networks. Then, if the visitors like the works and want to support the performer, they are able to pay for music afterwards.

The values and the purpose of copyright has been a hot topic for discussion in Germany for many years now, involving several interesting examples. The first one emerged in 2004 and was related to Der Plan, an artist that has created a music video delivering the idea of equaling copyright with slavery against the background of different icons of copyright back in 2004. The video became iconic to the questioning of German copyright. Another story is about Johannes Kreidler, an artist composing a 33sec track that mashed up over 70,000 songs. Since German copyright legislation supposes filling out a form for each sample used and then sending them all to a German copyright collective called GEMA, Kreidler filled out all the 70,000 required forms and sent the whole truckload of them to GEMA.

The growth of the open license movement in different countries throughout the globe proves the idea of putting the validity of copyright in question again and again.

August 30th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, August 30th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2010-08-30 20:16:03)
D4T4 avatarThanks Sam. Although 99.9% of German music is really really bad (schlager music for example), it'll be interesting to see how much is made from voluntary payments.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-31 00:58:16)
menahunie avatarD4T4 - Hey the music is not so bad; when you have downed a bunch of beer everything starts to look and sound good anyway.. Just Kinding...oommpppaaa ooommmppppaaaa.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-31 01:30:22)
No avatarOK I buy some sweets and I need a license from the designer of the sweets, the company who made the sweets, the designer and maker of the packaging and the person who decided the shape and colour of the product and of course from the sweet recipe owner! Then and ONLY then can I give one of MY sweets which I MYSELF purchased to one of friends and then only if I or they pay a fee to all these people!

Some software is kind of sweet . . . . ! So is some music and some films, hence replace the word sweets in the above by CD or DVD or drive by download . . . .

Of course I can SUCK sweets, the other industries just SUCK!

Quite like the idea of picking up a bag of sweets for a voluntary payment though!

Maybe one day, there'll be some CDs or DVDs or downloads for a voluntary fee!

posted by Blocked (2010-08-31 01:35:17)
No avatarSorry Pigs might fly first!

Funnily enough I often see flying pigs as dressed up fancy dress copyright!

posted by (2010-09-01 02:42:59)
Brynn217 avatarAre there any hard figures on how much they've made on the Honor system?

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