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Let your fans know they won’t get sued

Neeru Paharia, April 19th, 2004

If you’re a musician, and you want to let your fans know they won’t get sued if they download your songs, you should check out the Music Sharing License. It lets your fans know they can download and share, but not sell or make any commercial use out of your music. The Uptones, a Bay Area based ska band, are a great example of a band who makes a few songs available under the Music Sharing License, so their fans can download, but not worry about lawsuits.

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Media Archeology

Neeru Paharia, April 19th, 2004

Yesterday, I spoke at the Media Archeology Film Festival in Houston, Texas. The festival was put on by the Aurora Picture Show Microcinema and showcased the collections of several 16mm film collectors, including Rick Prelinger who makes many of his public domain films available online.

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Daily Miner & News (Kenora, Ontario)

Press Robot, April 19th, 2004

“DVD Pirates Devastating Industry” by Bruce Kirkland

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Canberra Times (Australia)

Press Robot, April 19th, 2004

“New Copyright Plan Launced Here” by Simon Grose

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Washington Post

Press Robot, April 19th, 2004

Copyright in the Digital Age ” by Lawrence Lessig

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9 beet stretch

Matt Haughey, April 15th, 2004

Here’s an interesting use of music in the public domain. 9 beet stretch is the act of using digital tools to slow down Beethoven’s 9th symphony to the point where the piece takes 24 hours to complete. Next week, a 9 beet stretch will be taking place in San Francisco, at 964 Natoma, from Friday April 23rd to Saturday April 24.

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Mainstream mashups!

Matt Haughey, April 14th, 2004

Cool: David Bowie has just launched a new mashup contest. There’s a new ad campaign for Audi cars that features two of Bowie’s songs mashed up. They’ve decided to throw a mashup contest to capitalize on this, awarding a new car to the best song that uses samples from his new album and any older Bowie song. Voting on entries starts this weekend and the contest ends next month so get your turntables cranking.

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New blog: Sellout Central

Matt Haughey, April 14th, 2004

From Magnatune musician Brad Sucks, comes his new music industry blog Sellout Central, which he is co-authoring. They’re exploring a variety of legal and artist issues in the industry and their first slew of posts gives any musician plenty to chew on. We’ll be watching this new blog closely.

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Dutch National Archives

Matt Haughey, April 14th, 2004

500,000 pictures taken between 1880 and 1990 are now in a searchable Dutch National Archive Image Bank. If you speak enough Dutch to navigate the site, there’s quite a lot of history here. It looks like current Dutch copyright laws are similar to the US, lasting until a creator’s death + 70 years, so it’s tough to tell how much of the archive is free for reuse. Still, it’s cool to see another country take their archives online for everyone to see. [thanks prolific]

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Stockstock film festival

Matt Haughey, April 14th, 2004

Wired News has a great story about a Seattle film festival that uses public domain clips from the Prelinger Archives. Participants need only have a computer with video editing software and $20 for the entry fee. The entry deadline is June 15th and the festival is August 1st at the Seattle Art Museum.

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