by Camille Gévaudan
Framazic has currently three spaces: discover, learn, play
O n knows the association Framasoft commitment to free software, and the impressive array of tools, services and products that it invented and edits at all times… There are Framakeys, USB sticks come with a selection of free programs to do everything (or Wikipedia in off-line version), its Framapad, collaborative Editor, its Framabooks to buy or download… And here is that these enthusiastic activists add a rope to their already well-stocked arc, for the first time putting a foot in the world of music.
Launched Tuesday, Framazic is a portal dedicated to the promotion of free music. Nothing to do with Jamendo, Dogmazic or Free Music Archive, portals already existed for several years and offering a huge library of titles to listen to online or download for free. It is not here to compete with them by attracting other artists to disseminate other pieces. Like all projects Framasoft, Framazic wants to contact little savvy users problems of copyright and become their “gateway”, simple and pedagogical “free music”.
Musicians who would like to publish their works on the Internet by encouraging their sharing to gain notoriety, Framazic presents the different licenses available (Creative Commons, free Art…) and the legal steps to take. Music lovers looking for what fill their player, sound an evening without getting yell at Sacem’s or illustrate their YouTube videos, Framazic offers a list of labels and radio platforms where to find their happiness. And those who do not see the interest of this are warmly invited to visit the “learn and understand” for an introduction to the economy of music in Internet time.
“Free music remains poorly known even in the world of free software,” notes Martin Gubri, at the origin of the project. And these are not sites like Jamendo which capture the concept: “free music platforms provide little explanation, or worse, introduce knowingly or not confusion” speaking of “royalty-free” songs
Gold, “free music is not royalty-free. Royalty-free means that there is more copyright, so talking about the public domain. “This is not the case of this music on Jamendo: she is still under the copyright regime” but can be downloaded and distributed at will if it meets certain conditions (the name of the artist, (sometimes) do not make any changes…).
Long term, Framazic has a little expanding its mission and provide users “selection of music” for the ‘telling as physical media’, like the Framakeys and the FramaDVD. But “nothing is frozen, says Martin Gubri. Everything is possible on its development, so if you have a great idea, share it with us : »
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ITworld, framapodcast, our podcast with Alexis Kauffmann, founder of network Framasoft
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