Archive for Creative Commons

The Pirate Bay: Guilty

Posted in Commentary, Intellectual Property, music with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Bradley Hall

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In a move that surprises no one, the Pirate Bay was found guilty of helping to distribute copyrighted content. They are to spend a year in jail and pay over three million dollars in fines.

The four members of the Pirate Bay have already logged an appeal.

Personally, I don’t know how to feel about this. On one hand, it’s a win, but on the other hand, I feel that this is a lose. A win for TPB would have set an unreal precedent into the world of downloading.

As of now, TPB is still active. While I’ve not tried to download anything (material isn’t hosted by TPB, all they do is track material), the site works for the time being.

Pirate Bay says the verdict is still a win, even though they lost

Guardian Article

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Creative Commons Music is Creative, not so Common

Posted in music with tags on September 8, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Earlier today, Brad Sucks released their second album, “Out of It” under a Creative Commons license.

The album, which is available for free download or CD, is a brilliant journey through wonderfully meolodic lyrics and themes.

Many people may think that because it’s being released in a “pay what you want” format that it’s not worth paying for, but those people would be wrong. “Out of It” is a brilliant collection of songs on par with any “big label” release.

I’ve been listening to this new album for the past few hours and it’s great. This post wasn’t meant to be a review of the album, but I will say that this is an excellent album.

Brad Sucks’ 2003 release “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing” showed that he not only didn’t suck, but knew more of what he was doing than anyone else. His methods of song distribution have since been copied by Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails on their most recent album releases.