Trent Reznor: Take my music, please

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, the subject of a cNet news article by Greg Sandoval, is just one of the growing number of musicians who take a position on music sharing very different than the old-economy major labels.

Reznor, who made news earlier this month when he left his record label, spoke Tuesday with CNET News.com about the decision. He also bashed the music industry, detailed how he persuaded performer Saul Williams to give away his latest album for free, praised Radiohead for distributing music directly to fans via the Web, and indicated that instead of fighting the so-called free culture--people who share music online--he plans to embrace it.

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Free culture

So "free culture" now means "people who share music online" ?

Interesting. I wonder which meaning of "free" that is...

Free/gratis vs Free/libre

This is the same confusion we've been having in the Free Software movement for over two decades -- people who believe that rent-seeking is the only business model confusing gratis and libre.

More important than famous musicians understanding what is going on, we need to ensure that politicians and policy makers understand.


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.