Open Music

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What I mean, when I say Open Music

Open Music describes a music work that others can copy, redistribute, modify and monetize freely, without asking for permission. The term evokes the related concept of open source software for music. Such music is said to be under an open licence.

Open Music adapts the 5R from Open Content plus an additional R. You have the RRRRRRight to

Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the music (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
Reuse – the right to use the music in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the music itself (e.g., translate the music into another language)
Remix – the right to combine the original or revised music with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original music, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
Revenue – the right to monetize or sell the music (e.g. sell or add advertisements for profit)


Open Licences that qualify for Open Music

Public domain

Creative Commons Attribution, Attribution-Share Alike and Zero

Free Art License

Against DRM license

EFF Open Audio License

Green Open Music License

Free Music Public License


Ethymonics Free Music License