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  • Foto by ESA/Hubble. Title: New stars shed light on the past.

    “SpaceNight” und Creative Commons: Wie das Zusammenspiel aussehen kann.

    Der Bayerische Rundfunk startet im Herbst wieder seine Reihe “SpaceNight”. Ein Kernstück des Re-Launchs ist die durchgängige Verwendung von Musik unter Creative-Commons-Lizenzen. Gemeinsam mit anderen Kollegen der C3S (Cultural Commons Collecting Society) hatte ich diesen Schritt als naheliegende Alternative vorgeschlagen. Hier das Konzept, wie die Zusammenarbeit aussehen könnte.

  • C3S: Creative Commons Verwertungsgesellschaft – in Gründung.

    Anlässlich der all2gethernow 2010 wurde das Modell einer Verwertungsgesellschaft für Musik unter Creative Commons Lizenzen vorgestellt – eine CC-VG, Arbeitstitel C3S. Initiiert wurde die C3S von Michael Weller, Meik Michalke, mir und weiteren Kollegen aus dem CC-Umfeld. Die Wurzeln, Beweggründe und Ideen hinter dem Projekt sind vielfältiger, als bereits dieses gemeinsame Engagement zeigt.

  • Free Music Archive Hosts all2gethernow Compilation of Creative Commons Music

    I told you, we soon would change the main host for the files – due to GEMA (Germany’s collecting society). Hosting the files myself would make my blog a shop – even if the download’s for free. Plus I would have to report the hosting to GEMA, despite the fact it’s all Creative Commons music. It’s crazy but it’s a fact. And here we are!

  • all2gethernow 2010: Out Now – Free Sampler With Creative Commons Licensed Music

    For all2gethernow 2010 (a2n), I contacted a few guys from the German netlabel community plus some artists and teamed up compiling this sampler. It includes various styles of music, from electronics to singer/songwriter stuff. But, you should take a listen for yourself. It’s a treat.

  • Zoe.LeelA – Lush Electronic Soul From Berlin

    Sometimes, things simply happen. There are a few coincidental moments which start a whole chain of terrific encounters. Now, if this leads to discovering new music, it gets a full-fledged Mike-Masnick-“connect with fans” experience. Somewhat surreal, yet very real. That’s how I met Zoe.Leela – and her music.

  • Germany’s Collection Society GEMA Having a Rollercoaster Ride?

    I think it’s worthwhile mentioning again that there are at least two significant differences etween GEMA and US collection societies: GEMA is the only collection society in Germany. Its factual monopoly is acknowledged. Members of GEMA strictly are not allowed to license some works with GEMA while others are licensed under Creative Commons for instance. All works you are creating during your membership solely are managed by GEMA.

  • The GEMA Presumption as an Entry Barrier (Pt. 3/3)

    No matter what an expert’s study on the case might look like, the proof of availability for a sufficient number of free licensed content to counter GEMA’s presumption has to be brought forward to court. The “GEMA assumption” is part of German jurisdiction, therefore it’s much likely the ruling has to be found at Germany’s highest court, the Federal Court (BGH). But the true challenge is its verifiability.

  • The GEMA Presumption as an Entry Barrier (Pt. 2/3)

    The licence market is protected by the GEMA presumption. The income of composers, authors and providers (labels) of GEMA licences is protected. Where’s the threat? They are “threatened” by new providers, say authors of works under Creative Commons licence. Those are constrained in selling their licenses. Free licensed songs would represent a product substantially expanded by valuable properties. It is no substitute product but nevertheless a competitive one.

  • The GEMA Presumption as an Entry Barrier (Pt. 1/3)

    The line between private use and commercial use is not that clear, and it is not explicitly defined by Creative Commons. The definition rather relies on the author being the licenser. But in case you are about to license a work – just ask the author if the purpose you are intending is considered private or commercial use. The metadata of any work licensed under Creative Commons should allow for a contact option.

  • Mike Masnick: Business Fixed Extended Mix – Reznor v2.0

    Earlier in March, I mentioned Michael Masnick was about to hold a keynote presentation at Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009 in Nashville. He announced to update the case study on Trent Reznor (= Nine Inch Nails) he presented at Midem, which was simply brilliant. So the expectation of extending a presentation of this quality requires full attention.