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

WMP is finally back and what a way to start this fourth season! This week, I talked to Diego Naranjo, Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi, to know more about the copyright reform that is still in the making in the EU. EDRi (European Digital Rights) is an association of civil and human rights organizations that advocates for the protection of our rights and freedoms online. On top of working directly with high instances in the EU, they also work in public campaigns, providing ordinary citizens with tools to engage with policy making, such as the Save the Meme website and The School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright workshop (happening in Lisbon, Slovenia and Hungary later this year).

On the music side of things, the celebration was on in big style for this year’s Netlabel Day. With more than 200 free records out on July 14th, I picked some of my favourites of 2017 to showcase how inspiring the initiative has been.

Lasers – Amsterdam [Bad Panda Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
Fog Lake – Push [FMA] // CC BY
Go Ask Alice – The Shout [La bèl netlabel] // CC BY-SA
Michael Keefe – Reality (Feat. Travis Paul) [Amblis Records] // CC BY-NC
Nüman – Sin título [Sólo le Pido a Dior] // CC BY-NC-SA
Bottlesmoker – East Indies (feat. Kronutz) [Yes No Wave Music] // CC BY-NC
Knit – A Good Chance [Z Tapes] // CC BY
Moki McFly – Zeta [mahorka] // CC BY-NC

All the songs from “Where The Sidewalk Ends” by Roger Plexico have been used as background music for the interview. Tracks available under a  CC BY-NC-SA licence; download on Bandcamp or FMA.

 

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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Today is Netlabel Day and we are, of course, celebrating it properly. This week’s session featured exclusively music that was released for this year’s most exciting netlabel event, and we even had an interview with Manuel Silva, from M.I.S.T. Records, who is the main person behind the initiative.

ELYA – Chinese Calendar [La bèl] [CC BY-NC-SA]
Small Colin – Program VCO [Rec72] [CC BY]
Endocarb – Mindfactories [FutureDraht] [CC BY-NC-ND]
Droopy Electro – Levitar [CeroUno Records] [CC BY]
Get Bass – Be Here [Fax Records] [CC BY-NC-ND]
TURBOMEX – Lover of the Day [Caballito Netlabel] [CC BY-NC-ND]
Jeebz ft. Slim Dee – No Time [Sólo Le Pido A Dior] [CC BY-NC-SA]
Donnie Ozone – Banana Run (original mix) [blocSonic] [CC BY-NC-SA]
Captive Portal – Don’t Tickle Me (Mas&Delayer Remix) [mahorka] [CC BY-NC]
Jersey City Players – Abstractadelic [OMEAC] [CC BY-SA]

We celebrated Netlabel Day 2015 with an exclusive playlist that only included participating netlabels. The real challenge was to pick the best ones!

Nowhere Fast – &i [Sostanze Records]
Break the Bans – People (I need a bomb inside my heart) [Southern City’s Lab]
Walrus – I Just Wanna Be Me [Yes No Wave Music]
Light Up The Sky! – Sophie’s Lullaby [56kbps]
Boblebad – Boblebad [Mars Melons]
Captive Portal –  T-Shirts Silly Bus [mahorka]
Nyquist – The Last Summer [FutureDraht]
Lord Breu – Dendê [Latino Resiste]
Van Delay – El éxito [Amalgamated Futureless Artists]
Ping-Fonk – Broken Machine Blues [Disfish]
FUTURESOUNDER – Take Me To The Sun [Subbass]
SanthiAgo – Door to Door [bleepsequence]
Herr Doktor – Miami Call [Enough Records]
Just Plain Ant – The Day Has Begun [blocsonic]