- Is There Life after Copyright?

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Tapping into a growing concern that seeks to redress the balance between musicians, customers and record labels, is a company that promotes a fairer way of doing business in the music industry. Working under the Creative Commons licensing system, the label splits the proceeds of each deal 50-50 with each selected musician and offers a combination of free full album streaming, low download prices, project collaborations and fast commercial music licensing.

From the mainstream to the bizarre, aims to cover a variety of musical flavours. Visitors are encouraged to listen to the complete album before they buy. They may then share purchased music with up to four friends using the free mp3 sender provided. Compared to most Internet websites, which offer mere 30second snippets of a random selection of tracks, the Beatpick system allows visitors to enjoy all of the music available on the website. Music can be bought and licensed at the click of a mouse.

Businesses seeking to acquire commercial licenses are presented with a series of options to cater for their needs. With the fast and user-friendly automatic control panel, licensees can get a quote, pay, and download a valid agreement, plus a CD-quality WAV file, all in approximately five minutes. You can test our music for free before going commercial. Just send us an email describing your project and we will give you free access to our music catalogue. The aim is to provide a fair and straightforward approach to music licensing.

While the music industry struggles to develop elaborate systems to prevent file sharing and to protect copyright agreements, Beatpick releases are instead covered by a Creative Commons license. Musicians keep full ownership of their music and can terminate the contract at anytime. Customers are not treated as potential crooks and no DRM is applied, enabling the use of tracks for podcasts or samples. Furthermore, purchased music is compatible with any computer, ipod or mp3 player.

Filmmakers, Open Source developers, audiovisual artists, students and small charities have the opportunity to benefit greatly by using BeatPick's music for free in their not-for-profit projects. All that we ask is that the artists get credit for their music.

Artists from all over the world have been eager to sign their music up, sending in their material in volumes far exceeding our expectations. So much so that BeatPick contains a database that exceedes its original quota of 30 artists by more than double. BeatPick selects its artists for quality and professionalism and accepts about 5% of the music submissions it receives.

Beatpick is an inspired response to the rapidly evolving online music industry that will clarify the fog of law and minimise the dangers of exploitation for all those involved.


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