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.

 

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.

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

This week, I had the opportunity to talk to Joris Pekel, Community Coordinator for Cultural Heritage at Europeana. On top of talking about their wider work of making artworks and cultural piece from all over Europe accessible to the public online. During the interview, we also talked about the Europeana Sounds Conference 2016, their Policy Recommendations for improving online access to audio and audio-related heritage in Europe and their brand new page on Soundcloud.

On a side note, White Market Podcast is becoming a fortnight event. Our slots on Soundart Radio and Spark Sunderland remain the same, though. The next episode will be online on December 18th and regular broadcasts can be expected every fortnight from that date onwards.

LUKA$ – PCH (feat. BUSE) [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-ND
The Impossebulls – A Roller Skating Jam Called Saturday Nite [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Conscious Thoughts – Daydreamer (feat. Le Real) [Club Coral] // CC BY-NC-ND
*Light-foot – Reckless Elect [Soundcloud] // CC BY
George Bizet – L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) [LNB/NLL via Europeana] // CC BY-SA
Mattias Westlund – Winters Call [Auboutdufil] // CC BY
Ruido Selecto – Talismán [Monofonicos] // CC BY-NC-SA

All the tracks used as background music during the interview are taken from Jon Luc Hefferman’s album “Elian Mor“. These tracks are available under a CC BY-NC licence.

*Starfrosch Hot Track of the Week


 

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.

 

Pilot Eleven is a British netlabel that often swings its way towards also being a podcast about Creative Commons music. I found out about it last year, because of Netlabel Day and I was ever since quite intrigued with their work.  This week, I sat down to talk to Graeme Gill, who is the person behind Pilot Eleven to find out a bit more about the project’s past, present and future. Of course, we also talked about music.

Our Pilot Eleven special is also an experimental approach to the show. Hope you like it.

Drey Grade – Rubha Hunish Reimagining (Mermaids and Seals) // CC BY-SA
Distilled Logic – Black Hole a Disintegrating Mirror // CC BY-NC-ND
Linden Pomeroy – Festival of Red Leaves // CC BY-SA
Drey Grade – Underground Car Park With Rain Twon Attic With Rain // CC BY
Drey Grade – Railings At Kilt Rock // CC BY
Susan Matthews – A Room of Lights // CC BY-NC-ND
Dallas Simpson – Gibraltar Point Car Park Windscape (vignette) // CC BY
Silo Portem – Cavernous Foundry // CC BY-NC-ND
Distilled Logic – Reflections on Space // CC BY-NC-ND
Drey Grade – Byron Arrives // CC BY

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