[OPE] the de-commodification of information movement

From: Gerald Levy <jerry_levy@verizon.net>
Date: Thu Apr 23 2009 - 08:55:24 EDT

See story below on the de-commodification of music. This is only one
form in which one can see the de-commodification of information.
Open Source software is probably the biggest example (?).

What are the limitations of this movement and the implications for capital
and workers of its rapid expansion?

In solidarity, Jerry

Dave Mandl, Announcing the Free Music Archive
Dave Mandl
The Free Music Archive is a social music website built around a curated
library of free, legal audio. It's spearheaded by WFMU, but the freeform
radio station is just one of several major curators collaborating on this
project. WFMU is joined by fellow radio stations like KEXP (Seattle),
webcasters like DUBLAB (Los Angeles), netlabels (Comfort Stand), venues
(ISSUE Project Room), and amazing online collectives like CASH Music.
Inspired by Creative Commons and the open source software movement, the FMA
provides a legal and technological framework for curators, artists, and
listeners to harness the potential of music sharing. Every artist page will
have a bio and links to the artist's home page for users to learn more about
the music they discover via the Free Music Archive. We also seek to
compensate artists directly. Artist, album, and song profiles will contain
links to buy the full album from the artist and/or label’s preferred
vendor(s). Users can also “tip” an artist if they like what they hear,
sending a donation directly to the artists’ PayPal account. Artist profiles
include tour dates, encouraging users to step away from the glowing computer
screen and see some real live music.
While the Free Music Archive is free and open to anyone regardless of
registration or other requirements, written and audio content is curated,
and permission to upload/edit content is granted on an invitation basis.
The Free Music Archive is made possible by a grant from the New York State
Music Fund. The NYSMF was established by the New York State Attorney General
at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors with settlements from Eliot Spitzer's
investigations into the practice of “payola” or “pay for play” by major
recording and broadcasting companies.
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