In 2011, the world continued to see a lot of conflicts around copyright and intellectual property. With the Internet, humanity has made an incredible leap in ability to share information and art. It hurts me to see so much energy wasted on trying to stop this.
I envision a future where music and technology can live in peace, and I think Flattr plays an important piece in this puzzle. In 2011, we partnered up with SoundCloud so that tracks could be flattred directly from the SoundCloud player. Libre.fm also joined the fun, and in december, Youtify added deep Flattr integration. I look forward to see the party continue in 2012.
I am also thrilled to see so many music artists embracing Flattr as a sustainable source of income. Here are the top flattred music artists for 2011:
5. Proffesor Kliq
I hadn’t heard the beatuiful beats from Professor Kliq until I stumbled upon him in the Flattr Catalog. I wish him many flattrs for 2012! [Flattr]
The soft and melodic tunes from this electronic music artist reached my ears long before I knew about Flattr. As so many other good things, he is from my home country Sweden. [Flattr]
I LOVE melodysheep and his fantastic Symphony of Science videos. I hope he continues making them and inspire me for forever and eternity. [Flattr]
2. Binär Pilot
This music artist says that you can download all his music for free with one condition: that you share it with all your friends. At Flattr we love this kind of thinking. [Flattr]
The idea had already been initiated in 2007, but the first release was in 2010 due to typical geeky laziness.
Flattr was founded to help people share money, not just content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate was Paypal but the transaction cost was (and still is) too high. Visitors would ignore the option. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Flattr is changing this.