The Open Audio License is a free music license, created in 2001 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). [1] It provides freedom and openness of use for music and other expressive works. The EFF now encourages artists to use the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License Open License, and it “designates the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License as a version 2.0 of the Open Audio License.” [2]

Publication of the first release of the Open Audio License spurred the establishment of the original Open Music Registry to Provide Support the license and a directory for finding works released under the license.


  1. Jump up^ Robin D. Gross (August 2001). “Artists & Audiences Strike a New Deal with Open Licensing of Music” . Electronic Frontier Foundation . Archived from the original on 24 August 2004 . Retrieved 12 July 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ “EFF Open Audio License: Version 2.0” . Electronic Frontier Foundation . June 2004. Archived from the original on June 2, 2004 . Retrieved 12 July 2013 .

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