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My name is Christopher LaRose and I’m a community inspired web designer and developer. I founded and designed the Luca Music Project to give back to a community that has enabled me to grow, as well as help raise awareness about the current copyright and intellectual property laws active today. The LUCA Music Project contributes to open-source and creative commons communities by releasing audio samples into the public domain under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. The site is designed and built by copying, combining and transforming other works utilizing the Creative Commons or open source platform such as The Noun Project and the Hubble Telescope. The backend (code) of the website makes use of WordPress, the open-source Content Management system now, powering 18.9% of websites today. View the source to see the other jquery plugins I’ve utilized like Slidebars and Waypoints.

Copyright and patent laws were initially created to support the artist and the common good. Today it is failing. To create work today, especially with digital culture steadily on the rise, we should have the right to access the past. The current copyright model doesn’t enable this to happen. Musicians, writers and artists should be protected today, but within reason. 28 years is fair, or perhaps even 40, but a person’s lifetime +70 years disables our ability to push forward creatively.

LUCA stands for the Last Universal Common Ancestor, a scientific theory that all life on earth originated from one organism that copied, transformed and combined to bring new life forms into being. The site stands behind the remix manifesto put forth by American Academic and co-founder of the Creative Commons Lawrence Lessig:

  1. Culture always builds upon the past.
  2. The past always tries to control the future.
  3. Our future is becoming less free.
  4. To build free societies you must limit the control of the past.