- Planet Erstwild - 20100305 - Magnatune founder John Buckman

John Buckman iMagnatune founder, EFF Chair John Buckmans the founder of Berkeley, California-based recording label Magnatune, a pioneer in digital downloading, application of Creative Commons copyrights, and artist-friendly business practices, sometimes referred to as "fair trade music."

An accomplished software programmer, Buckman is thought to be the first to use the term open music, an expression derived from the open source software community, in which he has been active. It refers to music that is shareable, available in "source code" form (individual tracks), permits certain forms of derivative works (i.e. remixes), and is made available at no cost for non-commercial use. Since founding Magnatune, Buckman has signed more than 250 recording artists across multiple genres. Buckman also chairs the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international non-profit digital rights advocacy and legal organization, and has been profiled by Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Economist.[wikipedia]