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"Jamendo: The Heartbeat of Free Music!" Musicians and the Creative Commons

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  • Author-Name: Stephen Bazen

    () (Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) GREQAM / CNRS and EHESS)

  • Laurence Bouvard

    () (Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) GREQAM / CNRS and EHESS)

  • Jean-Benoît Zimmermann

    () (Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) GREQAM / CNRS and EHESS)

Abstract

Jamendo is a website for the legal, free downloading of music. This platform of “free” online music, the biggest in the world, operates on the basis of Creative Commons licences. The survey presented here was carried out on a sample of 767 artists (solo musicians or groups) who are members of Jamendo. Our purpose in carrying out this survey was to identify as precisely as possible the characteristics of the artists present on Jamendo and the type of CC licence they choose in order to better understand the motives for their choices. To go further, the question is that of the Jamendo business model from the artists’ point of view. Does Jamendo simply represent a great opportunity for amateurs to showcase their music and win an audience? Or is Jamendo also capable of attracting professional artists, for whom earning an income from their music is essential? To put it another way, the underlying question is whether platforms like Jamendo constitute a possible alternative model for the music industry of tomorrow.

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  • Author-Name: Stephen Bazen & Laurence Bouvard & Jean-Benoît Zimmermann, 2014. ""Jamendo: The Heartbeat of Free Music!" Musicians and the Creative Commons," AMSE Working Papers 1447, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France, revised Oct 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:aim:wpaimx:1447
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    music; intellectual property; Creative Commons; business model;

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