Friday, August 22, 2014

Creative Commons, Anyone? (Dubroom In-Site #35)



WWW, August 22 2014 - During the release of the album "Heavyweight Dubwise", there has been quite a bit of backstage activity in the Dubroom. It includes over 350 musical tracks, the complete Dubroom Midi File catalogue, and something called Creative Commons. This is Dubroom In-Site #35 with essential news and information for producers and YouTubers.

When the Dubroom started it's humble beginnings back in the year 1997, we're talking about an Internet without MP3. There was such a thing called "Real Audio", and yes we have been releasing music in that audio format. A track or two, three. It was "real audio" in the sense that it was really a sound, comparable to a very lo-fi 64Kbps MP3 file, perhaps worse than that. 

We opted for the General Midi format and even though Midi has gone back to the studio for a long time now, is still well visited and that's not just by people looking for recalling do times or Internet historians. No, not at all. Producers of music know to find but now here is the catch: some have been using material they downloaded there, and didn't give any credit to the Dubroom when they released their work commercially. 

Those who have been following the Dubroom these last years know all about Dub Step producer Skream and how he pressed play on the midi player in his studio, did a few things with "Rock The Nation In Dub" and released "Blue Eyez". His facebook page shows a pompous, self-righteous guy in a pompous, self righteous world. 

Is it worth to go after such a guy? And, who's next?

No, there is a better way.

Of course these producers do not credit the Dubroom, because they do not want people to find out about the Midi Files. Too much exposure exposes their own lack of creativity and perhaps even lack of inspiration in the first place. Then, since most people who visit are basic decent people respecting our copy right, they too will not spread the vibes.

That situation has now changed.

As of last August 16, all Iriginal Reggae Midi Files have been re-released. This time under a Creative Commons Copyright that give anyone the freedom to take whatever they like from the midi files and use it in their own production. Just credit the Dubroom and everything is OK! This even goes for commercial productions, even though we would like to be contacted and make it official so everyone knows you haven't been stealing.

That's not the only thing we'd like to announce, though.

These last two weeks, nearly all Dubroom releases from 1997 to 2011 have been uploaded to a special You Tube account called "The Dubroom Dread". We're talking Messian Dread, Sure Dread, Heartical, and the Iriginal Jah Roots band. We're talking 350 different tracks and counting! All these tracks have originally been released under Creative Commons and You Tube has this feature called "Remix This Video", so here we have a perfect combination.

Everyone with a YouTube account is now officially allowed to use any of our Creative Commons releases from the Dubroom Dread channel for their own video. Simply pick the track you like, click "Remix This Video" and off you go. 

The channel features several play lists: per artist, or per format. You want a Dub with some vocals, or the contrary, you're looking for an all instrumental Dub? A Discomix, A One-Take Dub shot? You can find them by browsing the play lists. 

The video's themselves contain the music and some extra information on the screen. Do not expect official video clips, these are released from the official Dubroom channel. This is material presented for use, even though you can of course click a play list and start listening as well. 

Take a look/listen, like and/or comment, but even better: use that remix button.


One Love,
Messian Dread 

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