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DMusic Offers Creative Commons Licenses To Its User Base Of 300,000
By Mi2N
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2004-05-20
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DMusic, the first and oldest independent digital music community, announced that it will offer Creative Commons licenses as an option to all DMusic contributing musicians.

The licenses, provided by the nonprofit Creative Commons, allow artists to invite fans to copy or build upon their work, on certain conditions - to declare "some rights reserved" in contrast to the "all rights reserved" of full-fledged copyright.

Dmusic will also tag Creative Commons-licensed MP3s with metadata - a machine-readable expression of the copyright license terms. The music can thus travel with its own terms of use across the Internet, enabling file-sharing networks and search engines to find and identify it as free to share with its author's consent.

"The Creative Commons license provides all creators of art, music, literature, and science an opportunity to protect their creations but at the same time allow others to utilize the creation in various ways," said Larry Feldman, DMusic owner. "DMusic recognizes the need for copyright reform around the world and has decided to take a stand for future creativity unfettered by arcane nineteenth- and twentieth-century copyright ideas. Mash culture, digital copying, cloning and sampling, pastiche and other recently introduced techniques, added to the ease of digital transformation of pre-existing materials into new art and art forms, are making the old copyright laws a drag on creativity. Artists shouldn't have to worry about such complicated stuff. The copyright law makes the tax code look like E = MC2."

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