When you don’t want to be a cop, why are you a musician?
Public domain music, which is what the Milwaukee Public Library is known for, is often used to raise awareness about police brutality and injustice, according to a new report.
Public domain music was featured in a 2013 documentary called Police State, which detailed how some police departments have created a system that enables them to use public domain recordings to advance their agenda and make money.
The filmmakers say they were inspired to make the documentary after seeing the Milwaukee Police Department use public recordings to pressure community members to boycott the film, and to highlight the lack of accountability when police officers are involved in serious criminal cases.
“I was struck by the police officers in Milwaukee, especially the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office,” said Dan Ariely, a musician and documentary filmmaker who worked on the documentary.
“And the fact that they were not being held accountable for what they were doing to their fellow citizens.
And that’s why I decided to do this film.”
Public domain is a term that’s used to describe a genre of music that is generally free of copyright restrictions and copyright-protected music, but which often incorporates copyrighted material.
Public Domain is a very broad term, so the Milwaukee film team didn’t just choose Public Domain Music to highlight these issues.
They chose to highlight them because it’s a huge part of the city’s culture, and that’s really what we wanted to document.
“Public Domain Music, which features music from some of Milwaukee’s biggest bands including Widespread Panic, Pavement, and the Bad Seeds, is available for streaming on the MilwaukeePublicMusic.org website.
Public domain songs often include a disclaimer that says the material is “not a part of any music or entertainment license.”
However, some public domain music is not completely free from copyright restrictions.
Public Domain has a disclaimer stating that it is not copyright protected, and it has been used to promote causes such as the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was enacted in 2012.
The Milwaukee Public Libraries has released public domain songs, as well as a collection of recordings from the Milwaukee National Guard.
The Milwaukee Public Archives has released thousands of public domain records.
Arielys said he hoped the film would raise awareness of police brutality in Milwaukee.”
That’s okay, it’s OK, let’s go do it,’ I think it’s going to be really powerful to raise public awareness of that.””
When you don’ want to live in Milwaukee where you have a culture where it’s like, ‘Hey, that’s OK.
That’s okay, it’s OK, let’s go do it,’ I think it’s going to be really powerful to raise public awareness of that.”
The documentary was inspired by the Wisconsin Public Records Act, or WPRA, which passed in 2012, making it legal for anyone to release public records.
However, a major loophole in the act is the exemption for copyrighted materials, which makes it illegal to distribute public domain material.
Ariely said he’s seen the public domain phenomenon as a way to get people talking about police abuse in Milwaukee.
“It’s really a really positive thing for the public to be able to have that conversation about police, because they’re often underrepresented in that conversation,” he added.