David A. Wheeler's Blog

Sun, 12 Sep 2010


Musopen is raising money to record and release music. The result will be a (bigger) library of copyright free music. They “want your help to hire an internationally renowned orchestra to record and release the rights to: the Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky symphonies. We have price quotes from several orchestras and are ready to hire one, pending the funds… [please] Donate, and vote on what we should buy with the money. Then we will release that music in lossless quality with a creative commons license”.

The entire Musopen project is a very cool idea. As they say, “We aim to record or obtain recordings that have no copyrights so that our visitors may listen, re-use, or in any way enjoy music. Put simply, our mission is to set music free”.

This particular fund-raiser is also an interesting use of the Kickstarter web site. I can see this kind of fund-raising being done to release other creative works, too. For example, I can easily see projects ransoming software so it can be released as open source software (this happened with Blender). I think it’s easily possible that we will see more of this in the future, where people’s money is combined together to release artistic and creative works in ways that eliminate constant tolls and enable further creativity.

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