Getting religion during finals…

    Thanks to Aaron‘s recommendation, I’ve rediscovered MarsHillChurch.org. I dig what they’re doing (a post-modern church, very similiar to my old church back in Austin), but what I’m really digging today is their free mp3s of their house bands: The Parons, The Mars Hillbillies (formerly The Smith Family Singers), and Team Strike Force. I especially like the Hillbillies as they have some sweet remakes of old timey hymns done with lo-fi equipment. I highly recommend moseying over for some downloading madness.

    Later update (3:51 p.m.) to this post: I found this on the MarsHillChurch.org website. Oh my word! They are so dead on it is amazing. If only the rest of Christianity would wake up to why the Bible said “the love of money is the root of all evil.”

      Thank God Jesus Didn’t Copyright the Gospel:Why We License Our Audio the Way We Do

      All the material found at MarsHillChurch.org has been licensed under the Electronic Frontier Foundation Open Audio License. We have chosen to bypass the traditional copyright and publishing structures because they are incompatible with the spirit of the music and other recorded material created within our community.

      Traditional copyright and publishing systems focus exclusively on seeking profit from all form of duplication and usage and consider any form of trading or sharing illicit. This model is outdated and incompatible with the current technology (mp3, peer-to-peer file sharing, CD duplication).

      On a basic level we must question what life songs of worship have when disconnected with the local church. More so, we must question the most prominent business models for music distribution (“Christian” or otherwise) – models where usage is entirely dependant upon an exchange of currency (CCLI, ASCAP, BMI, etc.).

      The Open Audio License (OAL) basically states that you, the worldwide public, are authorized to use, copy, publicly perform, distribute and create derivative works from all materiel covered under the license — provided you always credit the original author information. That includes: the symbol (O) for the EFF Open Audio License, the identity of the original author, the title of the work and how the first listed original author can be contacted.

      The OAL also states that any derivative work produced must also be released under the OAL. The license borrows language from the open source software initiative and the free software movement to create a community of sharing that benefits both the creators and the public while encouraging creativity through relational distribution.

      We believe that this is a much more current business model for music. It acknowledges that there is no way to control how people use our materiel. It also acknowledges our lack of interest in seeking that control.

      This is especially appropriate as it relates to songs of worship.

      We have put much effort into our various studio recording projects and seek fair compensation for our CD’s. This, however, is the only way in which we seek to be compensated. Outside of that, we place no limitation on how you want to use our material except that you acknowledge that we, Mars Hill Church, are the original creators.

      We strongly encourage musicians to consider these issues and release their materiel under the OAL. For a complete explanation of this license and the organization that created it go to http://www.eff.org/IP/Open_licenses/eff_oal.html.