The Free Music Archive is Shutting Down

The Free Music Archive is shutting down. From the blog post: “We regret to inform you that due to a funding shortage, the FMA will be closing down later this month. The future of the archive is uncertain, but we have done everything we can to ensure that our files will not disappear from the web forever.”

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public. “One portion of the MMA makes older sound recordings published before 1972 more available to the public. It expands an obscure provision of the library exception to US Copyright Law, Section 108(h), to apply to all pre-72 recordings. Unfortunately 108(h) is notoriously hard to implement. But, as we understand it, the MMA means that libraries can make some of these older recordings freely available to the public as long as we do a reasonable search to determine that they are not commercially available.”

Internet Archive: Internet Archive expands access to millions of books for people with disabilities

Internet Archive: Internet Archive expands access to millions of books for people with disabilities. “Now, disabled users that are certified by a growing number of organizations can borrow hundreds of thousands of modern books and download mostly older books all for free. Individuals that are already a qualified user of NLS-BARD, Bookshare, or Ontario Council of University Libraries Scholar’s Portal (ACE) can link their archive.org accounts and gain access.”

Internet Archive: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive

Internet Archive: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive. “The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive (IA) announced today that they are making a large corpus of Buddhist literature available via the Internet Archive. This collection represents the most complete record of the words of the Buddha available in any language, plus many millions of pages of related commentaries, teachings and works such as medicine, history, and philosophy.”

Fast Company: The Internet Archive wants to help you play your favorite Commodore 64 games

Fast Company: The Internet Archive wants to help you play your favorite Commodore 64 games. “The nonprofit digital library said it is in the process of adding in-browser emulation support for Commodore 64, aka the best-selling computer in history. The busy bees over at the Internet Archive have already tested over 10,500 programs and are adding more.”

Ars Technica: The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”

Ars Technica: The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”. “As much as subscription services want you to believe it, not everything can be found on Amazon or Netflix. Want to read Brett Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge’s old book, for instance (or their now infamous yearbook even)? Curious to watch a bunch of vintage smoking ads? How about perusing the largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature in the world? There’s one place to turn today, and it’s not Google or any pirate sites you may or may not frequent.”

Internet Archive: More than 9 million broken links on Wikipedia are now rescued

Internet Archive: More than 9 million broken links on Wikipedia are now rescued. “As part of the Internet Archive’s aim to build a better Web, we have been working to make the Web more reliable — and are pleased to announce that 9 million formerly broken links on Wikipedia now work because they go to archived versions in the Wayback Machine.”