YouTube Now Offers Free Jams

Plus, guitarist-turned-hacker Geoffrey Commander jailed and the Grammy's use Twitter

HOT: Free Sounds for You to Tube

Rather than risk getting your video yanked and Prince visiting your house with a team of lawyers the next time you decide to upload a clip of your baby’s first steps soundtracked with “Let’s Go Crazy,” YouTube is now offering an audio library that allows you to search for songs that won’t result in temporary banishment if you use them. The site allows users to search for particular songs and tells them what will happen if you use them (like, probably, “two broken legs” for using “Fly Me to the Moon”). The site also has a tiny library of legally usable songs that won’t get you in trouble. Just don’t expect to find any music or artists you’ve ever heard of before — unless you’re a huge fan of Gunnar Olsen and Silent Partner, who seem to have a lock on a lot of the free music offerings. On the plus side, there’s a ton of well-known Classical music you can use; just sub out that Wu-Tang Clan song with “William Tell Overture” and you’re good to go.

WARM: From Guitarist to Hacker

Former guitarist Geoffrey Commander (who’s played with Elton John, George Harrison, ELO and others) was recently sentenced to 10 days in a Virginia jail, accused of being one of the members of the online activist group Anonymous who helped crash the servers of various financial institutions in 2010 as part of a protest of the banks that had “brought the country to its knees,” the 66-year-old Commander said. According to The Washington Times, Commander was captured while visiting the U.S. and was apologetic for his role in the attacks. Commander’s previous job as a musician may have helped him avoid a possible 10-year sentence; the judge reportedly told the former guitarist he kept his car radio tuned to Classic Rock stations.

COLD: Grammys Act Grandmotherly

The Grammys thought they’d be all modern and announce their nominees mostly on Twitter this year. What the they didn’t understand was that the appeal of social media is the speed in which one can obtain information. The Grammy nominee announcement was dragged out over the course of an entire day, starting with four categories on CBS’s morning show and finishing with the Album of the Year nominations on a CBS primetime Grammy holiday special (The Grammys are on CBS, if you were wondering). In between, the rest of the nominees were revealed painfully slowly through Twitter. Presumably the hope was music fans would sit on the Grammys Twitter account all day and press “refresh,” something no one outside every potential Grammy nominee’s management probably did.

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