Today, someone asked me to clarify Magnatune's position on sharing our music on peer-to-peer networks:
Is my understanding correct that the 128bit mp3s can distributed in any way, including peer-to-peer as long as the license information is intact?
Here's what I said:
Yes, the 128k mp3s can be legally distributed.
However, I ask that you not upload our mp3s to p2p networks (such as Kazaa) as I feel that Kazaa (and most other p2p clients) are not ethically run businesses and I don't want to be part of their camp.
I **really** don't like the ad-ware and spy-ware Kazaa (and most other p2p clients) install, as it shows a fundamental disrespect for their audience. After installing Kazaa, and several other clients on my machine, my system was effectively unusable and it took me hours of work to remove the virus-like advertising popups that had been installed on my computer. Kazaa really is evil, and my experience with most other p2p clients has been just as bad -- I just don't understand how a executives at a company can sleep well at night, knowing their company is disabling millions of user's desktops with crippling amounts of pop up advertising, spying on their every move, and selling that private data to third parties.
So basically, I want nothing to do with the p2p industry as it exists today.
I do aggressively use the Creative Commons license on Magnatune's to share the music with causes I believe in.
For instance, this week I uploaded all of Magnatune's music to http://www.webjay.org/ -- a shared playlist/radio site I really enjoy (after reading Jon Udell's blog article on Webjay), and am currently submitting Magnatune's music to iRate as well.
I have no problem with p2p as a technology, and will soon be offering Alluvium p2p audio broadcasting. I find bittorrent interesting as well, mainly as a way to share previously-broadcast television, or for non-profit net-labels to distribute their gigabyte-sized catalogs.
So please, for now, don't upload Magnatune's music to p2p networks, as it's not a cause I want to support.
However, if you see cool *ethical* sites and uses for Magnatune's music, please do point them at Magnatune and let me know about it.