Sunday, February 10, 2013

Loz Kaye - 130210 - Music Manumit Podcast

English: A photograph of Pirate Party UK leade...
English: A photograph of Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye taken at a Yes to Fairer Votes rally in Manchester (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In this episode:
We talk with musician, composer and member of the Pirate Party Loz Kaye.

Here are Doug's notes that he took during the interview.

Please tell us a bit about what you do.
splits time between being musician and being activist

he writes for music theatre! (appropriate British spelling)

Pirate Party, eh?

Arab Spring is another event in a series of events where people feel forced to take matters into their own hands

Can you tell us about some of the differences between the UK Pirate Party and the “global pirate party”?
pirate parties all over the 40 countries.

What are some of the specifics?
privacy of ordinary citizens
fighting against the War on Piracy!

What do you think about the recent European Court of Human Rights judgment?
european court of human rights rules copyright monopoly punishment a violation of human rights prosecutions to cease

court of human rights convictions for file sharing violates human rights

How did your music career lead you to the Pirate Party?

One theatre company for 20 years!

tours with horse-drawn carts!
art is not just some sort of high elite thing!

in theatre, you create a new world for each piece: Gaelic and Chinese

Besides the obvious, what drew you to Creative Commons?
logical step!
I want more people to hear it!
working in theatres that get government funding
some stuff goes up on free sound

thriving folk music scene, but basis is public domain

so, the public domain?
big four...which will be three: universal emi merger

idea that music is discrete is very western idea

Why do you use the the license you use (BY-NC)?
better than working in a book store!

he also teaches

Can you explain some of the tension between CC and copyright reform?
crowd-sourced policy agenda
not talking about getting rid of copyright completely

often moral rights more important to musicians than economic rights

a long way off realistically from change, but it’s coming

anything coming out in the near future?
just started some performances
Polari Mission -

“Sing Something Simple” with Dark Horse (people with down )

darkness is often a theme in his work

What is the Creative Commons culture like in Manchester and England more generally?
in Manchester, there is quite a core scene. Hackerspaces, etc

Creative Commons can make life easier! You don’t have to go back with each edit.

What advice do you have for people wanting to release Creative Commons music in order to make money?
other art forms can learn from theatre. It’s about an experience that you can’t repeat. it’s inherently social!

head of press at UK Pirate Party is writing a book!

What are some of your favorite bands/artists/genres, CC or otherwise?
very little he doesn’t like
American composers like Phillip Glass, etc.
“Composers aren’t all dead!”

podcasts and curation is important: Project Moonbase (

Historic sounds of the future!

Who are some people you think we should try to get on the show (aka, who are the important people in Creative Commons music today)?
Glyn Moody suggested Loz!
ORG (more-or-less UK’s EFF)
MadLab -

Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?


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