I’m on a short vacation from Thursday July 8th until Monday July 12th. I’ve prepared some posts in advance so that you don’t miss out on the blog 🙂
I just checked out the Jamendo newsletter, and they had a good little reader about the recent ASCAP vs Creative Commons thing. Here’s what they wrote (and there’s a link to donate to Creative Commons at the end).
Precisions about ASCAP and Creative Commons
Recently, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) sent a fundraising letter to its members calling on them to fight “opponents” such as Creative Commons, falsely claiming that we work to undermine copyright.
In their last newsletter, Creative Commons stated that their licenses are copyright licenses — plain and simple. CC licenses are legal tools that creators can use to offer certain usage rights to the public, while reserving other rights. Without copyright, these tools don’t work. Artists and record labels that want to make their music available to the public for certain uses, like noncommercial sharing and remixing, should consider using CC licenses. Artists and labels that want to reserve all of their copyright rights should absolutely not use CC licenses.
On Jamendo, thousands of artists use Creative Commons licenses to share their work. These musicians aren’t giving up their copyright; they’re refining their copyright’s terms, so that copyright works better for them.
You can help Creative Commons by making a donation or sending a message to support their work.