Although netlabels still play a major roll, there’s an uptick in artists releasing their CC music independently via bandcamp. There are also well-known artists flirting with CC licensing. A few years ago, it was Saul Williams and Nine Inch Nails. Now, as this compilation can attest, Canadian MC, Shad along with fellow-Canadian Skratch Bastid, DJ Spooky and the great Public Enemy have each recently dropped CC licensed music online. It seems that awareness of this most important content licensing option is growing.
I know that there are some people who believe that it doesn’t matter whether or not something is CC licensed, when it’s released for free. They think that fans don’t care how the music’s licensed. That maybe so with some fans, but certainly not all. Also, even if some fans don’t currently care, the specificity of what CC licenses say fans can do with the music will increasingly become more important as the machinations of the mainstream music/movie industry lobby continue to get laws passed that further put a stranglehold on what one can do online. Like it or not, politicians are lining their pockets with industry money and have no problem throwing away the public’s rights in the process.
Creative Commons licenses are important in that they protect artists & listeners and they help foster much needed alternatives to the traditional and current online, industry sanctioned & monopolized promotional avenues. The more of us there are who embrace CC licensing, the more useful the licenses become. There definitely needs to be more radio broadcasts, podcasts and blogs dedicated to CC licensed music, so I call on you… if you have the wherewithal to make it happen… spread the word about CC music you love via a blog, a podcast or radio." (Words from Blocsonic).