As this is our very last show of 2016, I thought it’d be cool to do a recap of White Market Podcast’s best moments of 2016. In case you haven’t listened to all the episodes, this can be sort of your guide to go back and catch up with something you might have missed and be of your interest. With 8 interviews, a couple of special features and even a mini-documentary, I’m sure there will be something up your street.

This has probably been probably the best season of White Market Podcast so far. Since July, I have celebrated the 25th anniversary of Linux and the 2nd edition of Netlabel Day, I have talked to netlabel managers and representatives of different institutions linked to free music and free culture, and, of course, I talked a lot about copyright. However, the big learning curve happened mainly due to our guests, so I decided to highlight them all, as sort of an appreciation gesture. You can find them all on our website, along with detailed credits on background music. Here’s a a list of all the guests on the show this season in order of appearance on this week’s show.

Oh, and since it’s Christmas time, I also played the holiday tune of the season. Merry Xmas, everyone!

Donnie Ozone – Christmas Shopping at the Dollar Store [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA

After mentioning the project several times on the show (and on the blog as well!), this week, I finally had the pleasure of talking to Markus Koller, the person behind the wonderful Starfrosch. Starfrosch is a Switzerland-based project that runs simultaneously as a podcast, a blog, an automated radio playlist and, last but definitely not least, as a Hot100 chart for Creative Commons music.

Markus is a pioneer of Creative Commons music, having been an active member of the community for more than a decade now. So, it didn’t come as a surprise to find out that he knows quite a lot about the licences and some of the issues major CC music sharing platforms have. On top of that, we also talked about how he developed the website and the project over the years, and some of his own favourite music genres and platforms.

Starfrosch is currently looking for bloggers who are into the most mainstream side of Creative Commons music to help them keep their blog alive and fresh.

Let’s Eat Grandma – Deep Six Textbook [FMA] // CC BY-NC-ND
Francis and The Lights – See Her Out [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
Starover – A Flower in Space [Needle Drop Co.] // CC BY-NC
Starfrosch – Serie3 [Real Audio] // CC BY-NC-ND
Javier Gómez Bello – Palabras [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC-SA
Wowa & eckskwisit – Just Cool – [Wowa Music via Soundcloud] // CC-0

As background music for interview, you can find all the tracks of Circus Marcus album “Kalimba Session 2016-05-07“; all tracks available under CC BY-NC.

This week, I had the chance to talk to Maarten Zeinstra, from Amsterdam-based think tank Kennisland, to find out more about the project Copyright Exceptions. We already know copyright law is particularly complex, but things do get even more confusing once you look at the different regulations each one of the 28 European Union countries has.

On a completely different side note, I would like to thank to Starfrosch and Musique Libre for helping me out in finding the CC licence of This Mess is Mine release, which allowed me to play it on the show. They are both great resources if you’re into Creative Commons music, so make sure you check them out.

Bembe Segue – Safa Solo [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-ND
Maxwell Powers – After All You Say [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Nick Vivid – Nothing’s Sacred Anymore [FMA] // CC BY-NC-ND
Alpha Brutal – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright [Bandcamp] // CC BY-SA
wecollectskies – Last Word of Home [Lost Children] // CC BY-NC-ND
The Dandelion Council – Starry Nights in the Geodome [Archaic Horizon] // CC BY-NC-ND
Heskin Radiophonic – The Suffolk Owl [Fwonk*] // CC BY-NC-SA
This Mess Is Mine – Picture Postcard [Aerotone] // CC BY-NC-SA
Janina & James – Good Man [Foof Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
IZE – stick around [Z Tapes] // CC BY
ISRA – Truthtellers [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC
Jon Luc Hefferman – Upbeat [Needle Drop Co] // CC BY-NC

The interview includes the following tracks as background music: “Clocks“, “Vacuum” and “Solitude” all by Jahzzar and available under CC BY-SA.