Ann Arbor library acquires lending, sharing and copying rights to Creative Commons music catalog


13 Responses to “Ann Arbor library acquires lending, sharing and copying rights to Creative Commons music catalog”

  1. paulshannon says:

    I don’t understand what this $10,000/year is buying for the patrons. Can’t they already ‘listen, download and copy the music’ directly from the Magnatune website?

    • proginoskes says:

      I got the same feeling from this post. Is the library essentially paying a patronage tribute to Magnatune as if it was public art whose viewing can’t be controlled? If so, that’s cool.

    • YarbroughFair says:

      @Paul, it would have taken you less time to find this: “Sign Up for a Magnatune Download Membership-Try it for free for 7 days”
      Than to post your comment. It’s called the “internet” and it’s full of valuable information.

      But, in your defense, “free downloads” is internet wordplay porn; I have NEVER been CHARGED for a DOWNLOAD. I may have to buy the software once I activate it. That’s why the post was specific by including “the right to LISTEN, DOWNLOAD and COPY”.

      • paulshannon says:

        This page:
        Links to:

        Which is that album in mp3 format. You can go download it right now. You can also make use of it according to the CC by-nc-sa license that all Magnatune music is licensed under. None of which requires a Magnatune membership.

        So I ask again; What is this $10,000/year buying for the patrons.

        • Anonymous says:

          while patrons could get a single album file for free from the site, for paid memberships magnatune also offers lossless files (flac, wav) along with other formats of individual tracks. what you get is a more useful product under a CC license while supporting the artist.

          there are plenty of people who pay for quality printings of cory’s work. i’m not sure you’d say the people who paid for the CC works are hurting the free culture movement

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the library had stayed with only CC-BY-SA music, they would have needed to spend nothing and would have helped the free culture even more.

  3. Anonymous says:

    $10,000 is paying musicians so they can make a living and create more music. The patrons get access to the new music that the musicians would not write/perform if there was no $$ in it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Libraries are one of the last havens for DRM-crippled music” – that’ll be “one of the last havens FROM DRM0-crippled music” I suppose…

  5. Anonymous says:

    this, like all public library services, is free to it’s patrons… that’s how it’s different!

  6. YarbroughFair says:

    BRAVO! I argued for “fixed costs” on a recent BB post. It works! But the article does not mention this move also protects the library from potential negative costs associated with patent trolls and other carpetbagging litigators; that’s a Magnatune problem.

  7. YarbroughFair says:

    Plus, you are all missing the idea; Magnatune is a online CATALOG of Creative Commons Licensed music.

  8. YarbroughFair says:

    AND, most people who visit the library to use computers do not have computers at home, and there’s that. I’m done. Cory wrote a simple concise easy to understand post, I can’t figure some of you out.

  9. idfarmer says:

    I guess I’ll need to pull my head out of the 000s now. Thanks Cory for the news.

Leave a Reply