Creative Commons-licensed track and album nominated for a Grammy


Mon, December 08, 2008  
Last week, the Grammy Nominations were announced and, for the first time, a Creative Commons-licensed track and album are on the list!


Last week, Eric Steuer posted on the Creative Commons blog that Nine Inch Nails’ album “34 Ghosts IV” is nominated for a Grammy Award. That's fantastic news because this is actually the first time, a Creative Commons-licensed track and album are on the list!

He wrote:

This year, NIN released both Ghosts I-IV and a second album, The Slip, under a CC BY-NC-SA license. Both albums were downloaded for free and shared legally millions of times by fans under the terms of this license. At the same time, NIN found great financial success in selling cool, well-crafted, limited edition physical editions of both sets. Back in March, Wired said the band made $1.6 million on Ghosts I-IV in its first week of release alone.

Additionally, Radiohead’s song “House of Cards” is up for several Grammys, including Best Short Form Music Video.

The video’s animation data was released under a CC BY-NC-SA license earlier this year.

Congratulations to Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead for the nominations. Also, congratulations to all of the other artists whose work was nominated for Grammys this year, including Brian Eno, Diplo, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo (AKA Gnarls Barkley), My Morning Jacket, Gilberto Gil, Peter Gabriel, Thievery Corporation, and Cornelius - all of whom have used Creative Commons licenses and/or have supported CC over the years.

For the fans, we found even more cool NIN stuff ... How about a free album of Nine Inch Nails covers by 8-bit chiptune artists? Download the Nine Chip Nails!