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April 27, 2005

Legal Free Music

-- by Thomas Leavitt

You should know about iRATE radio.

iRATE radio is a collaborative filtering system for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X that downloads and plays music. As you rate music it automatically finds more free music that you'll like by finding people with similar music tastes.

The software is GPL, and it indexes and filters "free" music (Creative Commons, etc.).

You should also know about the Internet Archive's "audio" section. I particularly like their 78rpm collection - nothing more authentic than folk music straight from the hills and hollows.

Posted by Thomas Leavitt at April 27, 2005 9:40 AM

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Wikipedia's article on the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, aka "The Mickey Mouse Protection Act", documents how the public has been denied access to an untold number of creative works that would have otherwise been released to the public domain--for the sole purpose of protecting the profits of a few multi-national corporations.

Posted by: Thomas Leavitt at April 27, 2005 9:57 AM

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