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This section will collate information where you can listen to Creative-Commons licensed music, to the new Web 2.0 inspired ways to augment the music experience with Collective Intelligence features, and to the new 'participatory ways' of listening to music generally.It will also look at new ways of producing and living from music, that do not rely on exclusive copyright forms, but use inclusive forms of copyright such as Creative Commons-based, DRM-free music distribution.

Only the first two columns of the Resources section has been ported so far.

See our entry on Music 2.0 for a typology of new music sites.

The P2P Foundation recommends the use of the open and free Ogg format for listening to music.

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Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.

- Tim O'Reilly [1]

We are looking at the first creative generation. The cost of creative tools has gone down. And now you have the ability to share with other people your creation. These two fundamental, solid changes are allowing the younger generation to be actively creative.”

- Henry Juszkiewicz, co-owner of Gibson Guitars [2]


  1. Open Sonics: focuses on news and developments within the Open Music community
  2. Non-repudiation services help you protect individual copyrights, i.e. Registered Commons, My Free Copyright, Numly
  3. Dewey Music is a new interface for's wonderful public domain music library.You can listen to, download, remix, and share anything you see on this site legally and for free.

Key Articles


  1. Bob Osterdag on Why it is Better for Musicians to Share their Music
  2. Ed Feltein on the consequences of Infinite Storage of Music
  3. New Music Strategies: Twenty things you must know about music online. Andrew Dubber.
  4. Five Alternative Business Models for the Music Industry: 1) free; 2) pay what you want; 3)pay by popularity; 4) subscription; 5)taxation
  5. Magnus Eriksson and Rasmus Fleischer, co-founders of Piratbyran: Copies & contexts in the age of cultural abundance
  6. The Record Industry's Decline
  7. Social Music Overview

How To Articles

  1. 35 Places to find Free Legal Music ; Top Places To Get Free and Legal Music
  2. 25 Tools For The Independent Musician
  3. How To Live an Open-Source Musical Life With Ogg Vorbis
  4. Linux: It's Not Just For Computer Geeks Anymore (Linux audio/music overview from Keyboard magazine)
  5. How To Create Your Web Radio Station: A Mini-Guide
  6. (16.06.06) How to boycott the Music Industry and still enjoy music
  7. Online Music Collaboration: Best Tools And Services To Collaborate On Music Projects - Robin Good
  8. How to start a netlabel

The debate around filesharing:

  1. Report: Mr.Dr. Annelies Huygen, A. Huygen, P. Rutten, S. Huveneers, S. Limonard, J. Poort, J. Leenheer, K. S. Janssen, N. van Eijk, N. Helberger, Ups and downs – The Economic and Cultural Effects of File Sharing on Music, Film and Games. 3-3-2009 [3]: There is no direct causal relationship between file-sharing and the decline in revenues in the music industry. File sharing benefits the economy in long and short term.
  2. Report: Felix Oberholzer-Gee y Koleman Strumpf, File Sharing and Copyright, May 15, 2009 [4] :"According to the econimists of the Harvard School of Economics , filesharing hasn’t decreased creativity neither cultural production."
  3. Report: Mary Madden , The State of Music Online: Ten Years After Napster, 2009 [5] : On the past decade, the impact of file sharing networks produced a very fast musical content dispersion, what has led to a bigger music consumption of it’s different forms.

Key Blogs

  1. Open Media Review: collecting the best of what open media have to offer

Selection from Valentin Spirik:

  1. Dave's Imaginary Sound Space is "A Virtual Playground for Audio and Music Enthusiasts". Has a very good selection of links sorted by categories.
  2. The Future of Music, Media & Entertainment is where "Gerd Leonhard explores the 'convergence zones' of music / entertainment and technology"
  3. Thinnerism a blog on the social music revolution and netlabels

Key Books

  1. The Future of Music. By Leonhard, Gerd
  2. Cybersounds. Essays on Virtual Music Culture.

See also: A Bibliography of Remix Culture and Music. By James Boyle.

Key Directories

Find good music through Netlabelism and Phlow Magazine

See also:

  1. Creative Commons Music Resources [6]
  2. Netlabel Directory
  3. Open Source VJ: a collaborative collection of VJ clips and visual works hosted at the Internet Archive.
  4. Directory of Streaming Music Services: listen to music without downloading
  5. Listen to free legal music via the Free Music Archive
  6. Royalty-Free Music

Key Musicians

  1. Colin Mutchler

Key Tags

  1. Music 2.0 tag at
  2. Other tags at
  3. P2P Foundation tag at

Technical Introductions

  1. Producing Music with Linux
  2. How to use Ogg
  3. Guide to Protecting Filesharers

Pages in category "Music"

The following 200 pages are in this category, out of 252 total.

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