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== MetaBrainz Foundation Inc. ==
 
   
The MetaBrainz Foundation is a 501.(c).3 tax-exempt non-profit based in San Luis Obispo, California that operates the MusicBrainz project. The non-profit company was founded to provide a legal entity for the MusicBrainz project that had been operating as a private project. Robert Kaye managed MusicBrainz as a private project from its inception in the fall of 2000 until the project was turned over to the new company in December 2004.
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The MetaBrainz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit founded in December 2004 and based in San Luis Obispo, California, that believes in free, open access to data.
   
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The MetaBrainz Foundation has been set up to build community maintained databases and make them available in the public domain or under Creative Commons licenses. Our data is mostly gathered by volunteers, and verified by a voting system to make sure it is consistent and correct. All non-commercial use is free, but commercial users are asked to pay for regular updates of the data in order to help fund the project. We encourage all data users to contribute to the data gathering process so that our data can be as comprehensive as possible.
The creation of the non-profit does not change the goals of the MusicBrainz project in any shape. The project will continue its mission, but now with a solid legal footing required of a project that is growing and taking on more donors and customers. All financial information of the MusicBrainz project will now be listed on this site.
 
   
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The MetaBrainz Foundation believes in [[MetaBrainz:Finances|transparent finances]] and has several [[MetaBrainz:Customers|commercial customers]] who support us financially. The MetaBrainz Foundation is also supported by a number of [[MetaBrainz:Sponsors|sponsors]] who provide funds in order for the foundation to accomplish its goals.
The MetaBrainz Foundation continues the MusicBrainz tradition of transparent finances and will hopefully continue to be cashflow positive as MusicBrainz has managed for its entire existance before incorporation. Like MusicBrainz, the MetaBrainz Foundation continues to collect donations from the general public. The non-profit offers licenses of the MusicBrainz live data-feed for commercial use, in order to support further development of the MusicBrainz system. Our customers page lists our customers who have taken a license to the MusicBrainz data.
 
   
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[http://musicbrainz.org MusicBrainz], a community-maintained open source encyclopedia of music information, is currently the MetaBrainz Foundation's sole project. MusicBrainz was created in 2000 and has gathered a significant number of users who curate a large database of information about music.
== Board of Directors ==
 
   
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For more information about MetaBrainz, please see the [https://metabrainz.org MetaBrainz web site].
Our board of directors consists of:
 
 
*Director Cory Doctorow, Sci-Fi author and editor of the Boing Boing weblog.
 
*Executive Director Robert Kaye of the MetaBrainz Foundation
 
*Director Derek Sivers formerly of CD Baby
 
*Director Carol Smith of the Google.
 
*Director Brian Zisk of the Future of Music Coalition.
 
 
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*Director Emeritus Lawrence Lessig of Stanford Law School and Creative Commons
 
*Director Emeritus Joichi Ito of Neoteny Co. Ltd.
 
 
== Officers ==
 
 
The officers of this company are:
 
 
*President Robert Kaye of the MetaBrainz Foundation
 
*Treasurer and secretary Carol Smith of Google
 

Latest revision as of 12:12, 11 January 2017

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The MetaBrainz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit founded in December 2004 and based in San Luis Obispo, California, that believes in free, open access to data.

The MetaBrainz Foundation has been set up to build community maintained databases and make them available in the public domain or under Creative Commons licenses. Our data is mostly gathered by volunteers, and verified by a voting system to make sure it is consistent and correct. All non-commercial use is free, but commercial users are asked to pay for regular updates of the data in order to help fund the project. We encourage all data users to contribute to the data gathering process so that our data can be as comprehensive as possible.

The MetaBrainz Foundation believes in transparent finances and has several commercial customers who support us financially. The MetaBrainz Foundation is also supported by a number of sponsors who provide funds in order for the foundation to accomplish its goals.

MusicBrainz, a community-maintained open source encyclopedia of music information, is currently the MetaBrainz Foundation's sole project. MusicBrainz was created in 2000 and has gathered a significant number of users who curate a large database of information about music.

For more information about MetaBrainz, please see the MetaBrainz web site.