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Why I No Longer Give Away My Music
How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads

In 2006 I gave my music away. That music had previously existed on CDs and LPs (yes, I began making music in the days of vinyl and tape). I moved all of it to the Web, downloadable for free.

Today, seven years later, I see that giving away music for free is not as easy as I had imagined. In some ways, it turns out to be impossible. The reasons why this is so say a lot about creativity,property, and power in a networked world of corporately owned digital commons policed by netbots and stochastic algorithms.

Read the complete article in Guernica, a magazine of art & politics online, to find out more about .

See  Bob Ostertag’s website for more of his recent writings, including books, articles and blogs.

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