On 03/04/12 09:06, Kris Calabio wrote:
I'm sure a lot of you have experience distributing
your music under a
Creative Commons license so I'd like some of your thoughts. My band
finished recording a full length album recently, and we are planning on
releasing it under CC-BY-NC-SA.
Our plan is to sell our album with a "Name your price" deal. But if you
choose to pay over a certain amount (like $12 or so) you also get a
T-shirt and a sticker (or some other sort of gifts). We have done
something like this in the past with our demos. We gave them away for
free but also accepted donations. A lot of people paid us nothing, but
a few people were quite generous!
I think that's a great way to go. I recently put my latest album up on
Bandcamp as a name-your-price download with no minimum price, not really
expecting to get anything from it, but some fans were indeed generous!
Selling merch (or even CDs or vinyl) can be great way to boost sales,
too, from what I've seen.
How do you make money with this sort of license?
I don't think the licence really makes much difference in terms of
sales. If you're popular enough, people can and will copy your music
regardless of what licence is on it, so the fact that it's legal to do
so (within the licence terms) with CC licences doesn't really change
Either way, the people that want to support you will, and the people
that don't want to support you won't.
Things are a little more complicated when it comes to other sources of
money, such as licencing for TV, film, advertising, etc. if you're
interested in those. The NC clause protects you here, though, since it
prevents such people from using your music for free in most
circumstances. Since CC licences are non-exclusive, you're still free to
negotiate separate licence deals with anyone that does want to use your