On this week’s show, WMP celebrated Public Domain Day. Public Domain Day has been happening as an initiative for some years now, being held on January 1st every year, as this is the date when each year new works go under the public domain. Except, of course, if you’re in the US – sadly, there won’t be any works going into the public domain there before 2019 at least.  In the European Union, though, the rights of authors are protected within their lifetime and for seventy years after their death. This means that after that period the works become available for anybody to use them for any purpose. This year, for instance, this included the works of HG Wells and of the economist John Keynes.

As a celebration, the music played on the show was mostly published under Creative Commons Zero, the public domain licence.

Alpha Hydrae – Won’t see it comin’ (Feat Aequality & N’sorte d’autruche) [FMA] // CC0
Cuicuitte – Viville à l’horizon [FMA] // CC0
Hussalonia – Like Tetanus In A Wound [Auboutdufil] // CC0
Wowa & eckskwisit – Just Cool [Wowa.me]  // CC0
ZAIRE – Twitter de Amor entre Androides [FMA] // CC0
MANWOMANCHILD – Bach Prelude in C BWV 846 [FMA] // CC0
Accou – Gymnopedie No.1 (Erik Satie) [Musopen] // CC0
Kimiko Ishizaka – Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 [Bandcamp] // CC BY
Future Sauce – Gymnopedie No. 1 (Erik Satie) [FMA] // CC0
Katapulto – Zero Rythm Dollar Boy [FMA] // CC0
Breuss Arrizabalaga Quintet – Mount Fuji [FMA] // CC0

Psalms – Hideaway (feat. Tinariwen) [FMA] // CC0

 

 

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.