Despite being ensnared in legal proceedings with the MPAA, isoHunt is continuing to grow. Adding fuel to the â€™significant non-infringing useâ€™ argument is their latest partnership, with the Creative Commons music distribution site Jamendo.
Who is Jamendo
[/B][B]Jamendo[/B] is a music platform and community combining:
All music on Jamendo is free to download and licensed through one of several Creative Commons
licenses or the Free Art License, making it legal to copy and share, as well as to modify and make commercial use of for some, depending on the license. Jamendo allows streaming of all of its thousands of albums in either Ogg Vorbis or MP3 format, and downloads through the BitTorrent and eDonkey networks.
According to one article on Jamendo's business model, Jamendo's use of voluntary donations represents the first serious attempt for a file sharing site to provide a direct way to pay artists. In January 2007, Jamendo provided an advertising revenue sharing model for artists. While sites such as YouTube are still implementing plans to offer artists a share of their advertising revenue, Jamendo claims to let artists keep 50% of the revenue generated and almost 100% of the donations that Jamendo visitors give, go to individual artists.
Based in Luxembourg, Jamendo is multilingual. While the website was primarily in French at first, there are now complete, official versions in English and German available as well, along with as of September 2006 incomplete versions of the site in Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Italian.
The name is a portmanteau of two musical terms: "jam" and "crescendo".
In April 2008, Jamendo launched a special interface for searching for (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3) and Ogg Vorbis torrents