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EFF Releases Public Music License to Promote Audio Freedom

Apr 25, 2001, 17:39 (7 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Aurelien Marchand for the tip. ]

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) introduced a new tool designed to empower both artists and audiences at the New York Music & Internet Expo on April 21, 2001. As part of its Campaign for Audiovisual Free Expression (CAFE), EFF's Open Audio License allows anyone to freely copy, share, perform, and adapt music in exchange for providing credit to the artist for her gift to humanity.

EFF's Open Audio License enables musicians and society to build upon and share creative expression creating a rich public commons. Artists who chose to release a song under the public license can build their reputation by offering unfettered access to their orginal works in exchange for recognition. Open Audio works are designated as "(O)" by the author and may be lawfully traded on file-sharing systems such as Napster or played by traditional and Web DJs royalty-free. Numerous musicians have traditionally taken advantage of super-distribution of their music, such as the Grateful Dead, a band that attributes much of its success to its encouragement of fans to freely copy and share their music.

"EFF's Open Audience License hopes to use the power of copyright to protect copyright's ultimate objectives a vibrant and accessible public domain, incentivising creativity, and promoting the free exchange of ideas," said EFF Staff Attorney for Intellectual Property Robin Gross. "EFF's public music license strikes a new deal between creators and the public, granting more freedoms to the public to experience music while ensuring the artist is compensated."

The online civil liberties group launched CAFE in June 1999 to address complex social and legal issues raised by new technological measures for protecting intellectual property. EFF believes that new intellectual property laws and technologies harm - nearly eliminate - the public's fair use rights, and make criminals of people doing perfectly legitimate things.

To read EFF's Open Audio License & supporting documents, see: http://www.eff.org/IP/Open_licenses

For more information on EFF's CAFE campaign, see: http://www.eff.org/cafe

About EFF:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains one of the most linked-to Web sites in the world: http://www.eff.org