[LINK] Musopen raises $40,000 to set classical music "free"
kim at holburn.net
Tue Sep 14 11:17:30 EST 2010
> A radio host recently "referred to me as a Communist," says
> Musopen's Aaron Dunn. Music professors berate him by e-mail because
> his project is "like Napster." Dunn's crime? Setting music free.
> In fact, though, Dunn's version of "freedom" looks little like
> Napster. Instead of distributing a recording without permission,
> Dunn raises money, hires orchestras to record terrific classical
> music ("I was a bassoon student," he says) that has fallen into the
> public domain, and then makes those recordings available to anyone,
> for any reason.
> Those reasons might include using Beethoven's "Für Elise" in an
> indie film—indie filmmakers being some of Musopen's heaviest users—
> but Dunn has heard from shows like Mythbusters who also needed a bit
> of classical music for a segment. Wikipedia uses Musopen music to
> illustrate its entries on classical music.
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