First published on March 11, 2020
Chill49-80 is licensed Creative Commons – attribution and Sharealike. It was originally released in 2015 on SoundCloud for others to do as they please with the finished track. I only care that I’m credited somewhere, similar to how MC Caribbean and derl8we did in their YouTube videos.
After releasing my first album at the end of 2019, I wanted to distribute my first CC track. So, I arranged and mixed it better before pushing it through Soundrop. I like it and want to ensure everyone has a chance to hear it on their favorite music platform.
I don’t want to trick someone into paying for something they can download for free.
I don’t want to trick someone into using it for something so I can sue them over licensing for royalties.
But my decision to aggregate Chill49-80 may have been a bad move. Apparently, there are complications with releasing CC music on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. I’ve asked plenty people about how to do this correctly:
- Creative Commons moderators and Slack community
- Music distributors
- LinuxMusicians forum
- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
- Sound Exchange
- My How To Make It in the New Music Business book by Ari Herstand
The best options I’ve received:
- Use Soundcloud, Tribal Music, Free Music Archive, YouTube, Vimeo or others which truly support CC licenses
- Don’t aggregate creative commons music
I think this is important because there musicians that just want to put their music out there for other to hear without legal ties. I have tracks like that. But this seems like a road less traveled.
I’ll write about this again when I get some progress.
Again, Chill49-80 is Creative Commons. Don’t pay to enjoy it. Listen to Chill49-80 for free.
Download Chill49-80 – WAV.
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