Creative Commons music contest: Freedom & Free Beer

Christian sez,

2012's Free! Music! Contest has opened it's gates at july first. It is the fourth time, that this event is being organized by Musikpiraten, a german society that promotes free art and espacially free music. Bands from all over the world participate in it to win a publication on CD, the so called "Free! Music! Sampler" and prizes worth more than 1.000 Euros.

This year's motto "Freedom and Free Beer" reflects the very basic choice, every artist has to challenge: Shall my art be "free" as in "freedom" or "free" as in "free beer"? So unlike last year, where only cc-by and cc-by-sa licenses where allowed, this year music licensed under and creative commons license can be submitted.

The contest is officially supported by Creative Commons and the remixing portal ccMixter. The latter even announced a project featuring the contest, titled "Free Music & Free Beer. Background is, that Musikpiraten e.V., the foundation behind the contest, is being sued by the german royalty collection society GEMA for having published a creative commons licensed song last year without unrevealing the civil name of the artists. GEMA claims, they cannot verify that the artists are really allowed to publish their songs for free in the internet.

Freedom & Free Beer - der Free! Music! Contest 2012 (Thanks, Christian!)


  1. Remember, Free Beer (NC) limit the spread of your works into opensource projects. Debian can’t distribute your game if it is licensed NC. I suspect ND is ok.

  2. Thank you! I would love to find out about good new German museek. So far, all I know is die Ärzte (the doctors, because your mom wanted you to become a doctor) who call themselves the best band in the world and have been evolving for 30+ years, bestens, and the late-1990’s die Schroeders, who apparently sang good Happe Kerkele songs about stuff like drinking and screwing (Saufen, Saufen, Saufen, Saufen, Saufen, Fressen und …) and a recent marketing duo who sang well about the Financial Polka (Finanzpolka).
    Max Raabe is exquisite and Götz Alsmann had the stuff.
    Nina Hagen can be *delightful* but she doesn’t believe in the HIV virus.

    1. Define “good new German music” please. As far as I know the Beatsteaks have gained a little popularity across the boarders, but since you mentioned Die Ärzte and Nina Hagen, I thought I should mention Einstürzende Neubauten (collapsing new buildings), the group has also been around since the early 80s and continues to experiment both musically and on the field of alternative relasing tactics.

      GEMA is one bitchy company nowadays, their plans to rise the scales for nightclubs and venues in 2013 has started quite an uproar, not only among nightclubowners and event organizers.

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