This is the first blog post about Marmota, a distributed and Free Software alternative to Spotify (and by extension the majority of the music streaming services)
Boosts and feedback appreciated!
@samtuke The music is going to come from anyone. Since it uses IPFS, it could be the server where the file was first uploaded, but it could be your friend or your neighbour!
As for the licensing part, it's not going to be handled. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-culture_movement
@marmota Okay, so then we'll be in the same situation as with Bittorrent again: The copyright holders will just sue everyone they can get their hands on.
Beating the copyright industry at their own game has been tried before, and so far they've always won by lobbying lawmakers to pass ever-stricter laws in their favor. How is a new technical implementation of the same principle supposed to fix that?
Basically, Marmota is going to be descentralized and distrbuted: there's not going to be a central server with all the music, it's going to be distributed through all the instances, so, if I want to access a song from another instance I'm going to be able to do so. The file transmission is going to be distributed, (something like typical torrenting). This makes it (theorically) impossible to stop.
@marmota They can - and will - still sue every instance owner over every copyrighted song available through that instance. The Pirate Bay did not offer any actual files either, just links to torrents. That didn't keep the industry from suing them over and over again.
And they will sue every user who shares a copyrighted song, too.
Also, Marmota's goal isn't just about free culture, it's about sharing your love for music. I've been collecting through the years some rarities that would probably have been lost if I didn't have done that. I don't want them to vanish and I also want to spread my love to those artists, discs and songs.
The best way to support your favorite artists is to share their work!
@marmota Are artists going to be able to choose not to participate? Feels a bit like “Napster, but streaming this time,” from the description.
@jamesgecko No. And this is not a bug, it's a feature :D
@marmota I can't code or anything but this sounds great! Mostly an artist, but again, good luck! The least I can do is boost this!
@daisy_todd Thanks! You don't need to code in order to help the project. Just spreading the word helps a lot!
In fact, there are lots of thing in common between vinyls and what Marmota is going to be.
It's all about enjoying good music with good company. During the years, I've been collecting some rarities that now would have been lost (probably).
With Marmota I also want to prevent this. Losing this music would be a really bad thing. I want to encourage people to rip their old discs and upload them.
This would prevent the loss and would make people discover good music :D
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