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How to effectively filter free music on Jamendo

So you are searching for free, non-restricted music on Jamendo. If you look at the “Advanced search” options, you will notice that default dropdown list allows to choose “Attribution” and “Attribution-ShareAlike” licenses separately.

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But in general case I want both (and I want to avoid the NonCommercial / NonDerivatives ones). Of course you can run separate searches, but this is not comfortable. Luckily, there is a trick:

  1. Write your search keywords and choose “Attribution – ShareAlike” license in the advanced options. Hit the search button to show the results.
  2. Look at the URL entry in your browser. You will see it contains the string like “qs=fq=license_cc:(sa AND -nd AND -nc)”. Replace it with the following: “qs=fq=license_cc:(-nd AND -nc)”. Hit Enter.
  3. Voila! The results of your search will include both “Attribution” and “Attribution-ShareAlike” licenses.

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UPDATE: Actually, there is a nice online tool that does exactly as described in article, but for many other services – http://search.creativecommons.org/.

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5 Comments

  1. By the way, is there some method to filter out artists whose discography is only partially free? For example, artists that have one album under CC-By and the next under CC-By-NC – chances are high that the CC-By album was mistagged, as it has already happened to me once.

  2. I see what you mean. It looks like the only simple way is to stick with the tracks listed on the search page results.

    I guess for that purpose it is possible to implement some third-party browsing interface utilizing the Jamendo API. But that’s surely not simple. ^__^

  3. It didn’t work anymore the way you’re saying.They made up a full new interface where there is no “license” box,I don’t now how to do it now…

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