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Happy Fair Use Day

by Rob Friesel

Today (July 11th) is Fair Use Day!  w00t!

What is Fair Use Day?  In a nutshell, it’s a day where we as citizens of the world, as media consumers, as storytellers, as singers, as guitar-jamming musicians, as painters and collage artists, as new world mythologists, as human beings get to speak up (and out) about how we want to share our cultural heritage.  As consumers, we should expect a little respect from the companies we do business with; don’t lock down our products, don’t treat us like criminals.  As content makers, we should take the flip approach; how are people going to most enjoy what I make?  And how can I give them those freedoms fairly?

It’s a lot of things to a lot of people.  (Well, those people that are thinking about those things…)

So how am I celebrating?

Well, as usual, my photos up on Flickr are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareALike license.  (And it’s come in handy for a bunch of folks.  This Swedish guy for example…)

But this year, I’ll go one better.  Here is a deep/tech/house track that I wrote a couple of  years ago and a remix:

Now, for all the remixers, masher-uppers, DJs, producers, sound designers, and the like: I’m also throwing out this kit of loops that I created (from scratch, more/less) to create the song.  Do with it as you will.  I’m throwing it out there under that same Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareALike license.  If you remix the track or just re-use some of the beats of FX — just drop a link my way.  Let me know what you’ve done.  I’d love to see hear it.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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