Creative Commons offers an important option for people that seek to distribute their work around the world without limiting their right to have some control over others making money out of their creative output, which I see as being very important in the digital age. — Shyam, Founder of Audiophile
Audiophile is a not-for-profit Australian organisation which publishes audio works from young and emerging producers on topics such as social justice, the environment, Indigenous issues, the arts and popular culture. Referring to those who are dedicated to ‘achieving high fidelity in the recording and playback of music’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audiophile), Audiophile.org showcases sound recordings encompassing field recordings, cultural features, radio plays, social documentaries, audio postcards and experimental sound designs. Contributors are encouraged to produce works which tell stories meaningful to their own experience.
The Audiophile site is focused on providing publishing opportunities to emerging media producers. It aims to pay professional rates for production through a limited number of grants to commission works. As a non-profit organisation, Audiophile seeks funding from philanthropic foundations across a range of different interest areas, and actively encourages paypal donations from its audience.
Contributions to Audiophile are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia licence, and are available for free download unless otherwise specified.
- ‘I am very happy with the Creative Commons licensing that we use on audiophile.org.au, which is the CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 licence. I like the flexibility that using CC licensing offers.’ Shyam, Founder of Audiophile
Audiophile emphasises contributions which engage with their surroundings, collecting audio recordings which reflect creators’ own experiences. The site offers a way to profile recordings which may not otherwise be heard, placing an emphasis on documentary format rather than music, and the exploration of social justice and environmental issues.
The founder of Audiophile, Shyam, told Rachel Cobcroft from CCau via email interview in January 2008 that he had first heard about Creative Commons through a friend who is a graphic designer and fellow artist about three years previously. Shyam emphasises the flexibility and control that CC gives to artists about the distribution and commercial use of their works. Moreover, Shyam has been very pleased to discover plugins for WordPress that provide the ability for an automated insert of the nominated CC licence:
- ‘I really like the ease of use of wordpress, and I am very appreciative of the people who developed the Creative Commons Configurator plugin.’
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