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The MetaBrainz Foundation is a 501.(c).3 tax-exempt non-profit based in San Luis Obispo, California that operates the MusicBrainz project.

MusicBrainz is a user maintained community music metadatabase. Music metadata is information such as the name of an artist, the name of an album and list of tracks that appear on an album. MusicBrainz collects this information about music and makes it available to the public.

With the creation of the MetaBrainz Foundation, the MusicBrainz project enters its second phase of life. In the first incarnation, the project was privately maintained and focused primarily on basic music metadata described above. Today the MusicBrainz project has the legal backing and infrastructure of the MetaBrainz Foundation, which will allow it to embark on a mission to expand its scope.

This is a very important project because, unlike CDDB, MetaBrainz is protecting the data from capture by corporate interests and if successful, will allow us to make information about music interoperable and the data will provide a foundation for this interoperability. This will allow people to share playlists across languages, meta-search on music across services, etc. I have joined the board together with Dan Brickley, Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig and founder Robert Kaye. They are doing a fundraiser and we'd be happy for your support. Congratulations Robert.

Listening to: You Trip Me Up by The Jesus and Mary Chain from the album Psychocandy

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For korean people, i feel sorry for all pains your country put up with during Japanese occupation, i mean it. However, it doesn't give you guys to right to blame young generation of Japan all the time. Besides, it's you guys who always bring history stuffs on table ever since Japan lost the world war 2. i guess most japanese feel sorry for what we did in past but also we are not dopes or a bunch of idiots who will keep apologizing foreve. you guys think what japan did to korea was insane, so do I. yet, we can't talk history with our sense of value can we?
we live in peace world of 21st century and therefore, our sense of value is totally useless and meaningless in front of history. at that time, most advanced empires suchas UK, US, France, and Russian were seeking for new territories and used their aims to expand their nations. what i mean is doing such a horrible thing was once justified among strong nations and Japan was pratically (China was almost dead)the only independent nation in asia at that time so what else could japan do? wait for western nations to take japan over? i mean you just can't use your commonsense of 21st centuty to what Japan did in 20 century. i guess you guys never learn about why Japan occupied korea or why japan attacked on many nations in asia, it's not simple as you think you know. I also like to comment on Yasukuni Shrine, which you guys hate a lot. although Yasukuni contains spirits of war criminals it means a lot to Shinto, a religion most japanese belive in. one thing you really need to know is that in Shinto all dead people's spirits are considered as equal and therefore, treated in the same way no matter who. so, Yaskuni doesn't represent war but sorrrow and spirits of dead people, nothing more. the bottom line is i really don't want one shrine to be a cause of any conflict between Japan and Korea.

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A raíz de las notas sobre MetaBrainz de Lessig, Joi Ito y descubrí MusicBrainz (no sé cómo no había encontrado antes, la verdad). MusicBrainz es un servicio a modo de (meta)base de datos musical libre y abierta mantenida por la... Read More