Netlabels and the Adoption of CC

Licensing in the Online Electronic Music Community
by Björn Hartmann

The Creative Commons licensing model has enjoyed particularly high adoption rates in the online electronic music community. A growing number of netlabels publish original compositions for free online using Creative Commons’ music sharing license. To understand this phenomenon, a history of the electronic music scene is presented that identifies motivating factors. The mechanics of running a netlabel are explained along with a detailed discussion of four reasons why a significant portion of the electronic music scene has aligned itself with the Creative Commons project…

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