'Jamendo: The Heartbeat of Free Music!': Musicians and the Creative Commons

29 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2014

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Stephen Bazen

Aix-Marseille University - Aix-Marseille School of Economics

Laurence Bouvard

University of Angers - Research Group in Quantitative Saving (GREQAM)

Jean-Benoit Zimmermann

CNRS - GREQAM (Groupement de Recherche en Economie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille)

Date Written: October 15, 2014

Abstract

Jamendo is a website for the legal, free downloading of music. This platform of “free” online music, the biggest in the world, operates on the basis of Creative Commons licences. The survey presented here was carried out on a sample of 767 artists (solo musicians or groups) who are members of Jamendo. Our purpose in carrying out this survey was to identify as precisely as possible the characteristics of the artists present on Jamendo and the type of CC licence they choose in order to better understand the motives for their choices. To go further, the question is that of the Jamendo business model from the artists’ point of view. Does Jamendo simply represent a great opportunity for amateurs to showcase their music and win an audience? Or is Jamendo also capable of attracting professional artists, for whom earning an income from their music is essential? To put it another way, the underlying question is whether platforms like Jamendo constitute a possible alternative model for the music industry of tomorrow.

Keywords: Music, Intellectual Property, Creative Commons, Business Model

Suggested Citation

Bazen, Stephen and Bouvard, Laurence and Zimmermann, Jean-Benoit, 'Jamendo: The Heartbeat of Free Music!': Musicians and the Creative Commons (October 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2540113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2540113

Stephen Bazen

Aix-Marseille University - Aix-Marseille School of Economics ( email )

2 rue de la Charité
Marseille, 13236
France

Laurence Bouvard

University of Angers - Research Group in Quantitative Saving (GREQAM) ( email )

Centre de la Vieille Charité
2, rue de la Charité
Marseille, 13002
France

Jean-Benoit Zimmermann (Contact Author)

CNRS - GREQAM (Groupement de Recherche en Economie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille) ( email )

Centre de la Vieille Charité
2, rue de la Charité
Marseille Cedex 02, 13236
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.greqam.fr/users/zimmermann#profile-chercheur

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