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"The netlabel music scene is booming. These ultra-wired record labels focus on the online distribution of digital audio files, which in most cases, are released under Creative Commons licenses. This means that, in the netaudio world, artists often retain their copyright, producers can offer free downloads for promotion, and fans can hear the music when and how they want — for free.

To raise awareness of the burgeoning netlabel scene, harddisk-jockeys and audiophiles from around Europe gathered this October at the in RAW-tempel, where they packed the weekend with workshops on licensing models, collecting societies, audio techniques, music production, and Creative Commons." -- Read more

Here is a newsletter I just received from, containing some interesting information.

Jamendo wrote:
Newsletter date : 10 - 04 - 2007

Dear member,

Sharing the free music values via your testimonials

Lately we began to conduct some interviews with Jamendo's artists and users.
Available on the blog this set of testimonials has the scope to show the big picture of our shared values by the growing community of the listeners and free music users. These interviews will dig out the groove towards the Internet users and artists? desires to join up with our community thanks to a direct testimony. Lionel from the ?Music for Cap? group as well as Conley ( (a Jamendo user) from the Virginia Tech campus (Massachusetts) have initiated this important action and their videos are currently available on the Jamendo blog.

"Behold is a phenomenal resource that “attempts to catalogue CC images with quality comparable to that of professional image archives such as Getty Images or Corbis, by using the social structure of Flickr and image content analysis”.

The ultimate aim of Behold is to offer graphic designers and artists access to high quality images that they can freely use, a goal that is accomplished through the use of CC licences." -- Read more

"We are incredibly pleased to announce the release of LiveContent, a collaborative initiative to showcase Creative Commons-licensed media as well as free, open source software. LiveContent is a joint effort between Creative Commons and Fedora, Red Hat’s community-based open source platform."

"LiveContent is designed to be a window into the CC community by offering open content and encouraging the use of open source tools. As such, it is very much a community project, and input is necessary, be it as a developer, a content curator, or LiveContent user. This input can range from interface d

Free Software appears to have been a big part of the's National Conference 2007 and has brought fort some interesting conclusions which can in more detail be observed here. A first item on the list of ideas that came out of the meeting on Free Software states that "Free Culture cannot exist without Free Software" and that "having works of art locked up with proprietary tools is no way to promote sharing". This is exactly what we have been writing about quite a while ago on It is good to see these ideas finally openly acknowledged.