Back in August, I had the chance of talking to Dimitar Dimitrov, EU Policy Director at Wikimedia. On their website, Wikimedia is described as a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. By now, it is one of the top 10 websites traffic-wise globally and it is arguably the biggest community-driven project online. It all started with the amazing Wikipedia, but as knowledge kept getting compiled, their projects also kept on multiplying. Today, the Wikimedia Foundation hosts a dozen projects with the joint goal of sharing knowledge – Wiktionary, Wikimedia Commons and their latest baby Wikidata are just a few of them.

Being a content superpower is not easy, though. Surely a hot topic at the minute, the upcoming EU copyright reform is something under their radar but this legislation is far from being the only thing with a deep impact on Wikimedia’s work. For a long time now, they have been facing a variety of challenges that go from censorship in certain countries to court rulings that place double-standards in terms of what people can do with content online and offline. To find out more about these things and, of course, how you can get involved with Wikimedia, just press play.

Aritus – For you [Soundcloud] // CC BY
YeahRight! – San Francisco [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
Taseh – Down Roller [Monster Jinx] // CC BY-NC-SA
Luck & Doc – To My Recollection [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Oranjada vs. North Beach Crew – Zora (2010 Druzhba session) [mahorka] // CC BY-NC

All the songs from “Plays Guitar” and “Plays Guitar Again” by Gillicuddy have been used as background music for the interview. All tracks available under a CC BY-NC licence; download on Bandcamp or FMA.

.: Photo by Wikimedia Foundation :. CC BY

I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but somehow the opportunity only arrived now. This week’s show is a Monster Jinx special! Monster Jinx is a Portugal/Internet-based label specialised in hip-hop and electronic music. They are also an artist collective, and identify themselves as an indie label, having dropped their first record back in 2009. In the last few years, they managed to grab the attention of the Portuguese media, get some airplay on national radio stations and play at big festivals. Despite these big achievements, they remain humble and focused on putting out great music. With an enviable roster of MCs and producers, Monster Jinx are a great example of how Creative Commons licenses can boost the reach of a work, and how releasing music for free doesn’t mean a product is any less appealing.

If you’re a regular listener of the show, you probably know at least part of their work by now, as I have been a long time supporter of their work. In the last few years, I have been uploading a great part of their music to WMP’s curator collection at Free Music Archive.

Putting Lisbon’s great weather to good use, I sat down with Darksunn (co-founder, manager and do-it-all) to find out more about how the label started, why they picked Creative Commons as their licencing system, the challenges ahead and their strategy for the future. For the first time in White Market Podcast’s history, this interview was actually recorded on location, which may explain some of the sound issues on this episode. Nonetheless, please sit back and enjoy the vibes of the purple monster.

Darksunn – Sidestep
NO FUTURE – NOMONO MONEY
Monstro Robot – Gata Borralheira (feat. Pulso)
Monster Jinx – Venera o Diabo (Faz Festas a Gatinhos)
J-K – Despedida
Pulso – Estalo os Dedos

All the tracks are available under a CC BY-NC-SA licence. I will be posting the list of background music tracks soon.

This week, we dedicate some time and love to highlight the wonderful work of Free Music Archive. We only featured tracks that can be found on FMA, and we sat down to talk to Cheyenne Hohman, the Free Music Archive’s director. We talked about their current fundraiser, their work with curators and artists, the challenges they face and how anyone can help them.

Taseh – Caramella Peak // CC BY-NC-SA
Broke For Free – Night Owl // CC BY
BlunderBox – My Walls Ate My Sister’s Dog // CC BY-NC-SA
DNVN – Aching Again // CC BY-NC
XR Tabs – G Girls // CC BY-NC-ND
Podington Bear – Streetbeat Heat // CC BY-NC
Kevin MacLeod – Aurea Carmina – Full Mix // CC BY
Fhernando – (I need ya) L.O.V.E. // CC BY-NC-SA
The Dirty Moogs – Space Girlfriend (Instrumental) // CC BY-NC

The interview includes the following track as background music: Darksunn – Forget Me Nots // CC BY-NC-SA

 

 

This week, I had the pleasure of talking to Jonas Öberg, Executive Director of Free Software Foundation Europe. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is an organisation that advocates for the right of users to control technology, which can be achieved by using free software. On top of taking about FSFE’s work and its 15th anniversary (yeay!), we also talked a bit about FSFE Summit 2016, and exciting gathering happening this weekend in Berlin.

As if all this was not enough, on this episode, there was also time for some of the finest free music out there.

Marie Louise – jazz, chill, summer, loner, loner livin’, vibes, lofi, vibin, beats, – Eyes [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-SA
Stray – Verão [Monster Jinx] // CC BY-NC-SA
The Impossebulls – Revolution 88 (Parts 1, 2 & 3) [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Tifu – Flores [coletivomarte] // CC BY-NC-SA
DU3normal feat. Babystep – Step It Up [LibreCommeLair] // CC BY-NC-ND
Tyler Twombly – Club [FMA] // CC BY
Arrow & Olive – Black & White [Jamendo] // CC BY-SA
Josh Woodward – Show Me [FMA] // CC BY
Polyphonics – Far and Away [mahorka] // CC BY-NC

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