OK, the initial costs are actually rather large. But, on the large scale, the costs are lower than physical alternatives, require much less resources to maintain, and have an extremely larger deployment area thanks to the Internet. In short, it may not be exactly zero, but it's very, very, VERY cheap compared with alternatives.
A medium-quality microphone: $100. A good (GNU+)Linux distribution: Almost free if downloaded. A decent computer: Less than $1500. Internet and CDs: Under $20. Using sites like Jamendo, Libre.FM or the Internet Archive to host the songs: Almost free for both sides. Promoting the album: Word-of-mouth is free, ads are really cheap (under $10 per month), and social networking does wonders. All in all, almost anyone can make a successful album with a month's salary. And the cost can be easily recovered (and even multiplied) if those meager costs are crowdfunded beforehand!
What about CCMixter? It's pretty much exactly what he talks about: someone uploads the song (with or without stems), someone else remixes it, and the remix links back to the original stems. It's awesome and I've used it more than once.
And that's why I try to read works by authors dead before January 1st, 1912 (since the longest copyright term in Earth is life+100 years - better safe than sorry). Or else, works by authors that *continually* use CC-BY-SA or "higher".
If I only knew how to speak Polish, the first thing I'd do would be to translate the books and host them in Wikimedia Commons, then adapt them to my country, then print some and convince some teachers to use it. All thanks to the CC-BY license.
As a matter of fact, I offered to translate Your Face Is A Saxophone to Spanish. The subs are ready and the dubs (yes, the dubs!) are in casting phase. If this series weren't free to translate, who knows whether someone would have tried to subtitle it, let alone dub it.
The problem is that the printable kit is itself nonfree with its noncommercial restriction. I may almost bet the restriction was imposed to prevent the big businesses it's crossing over to raze the project with their sue cannons, but still I consider both sides to be in the same category.
- Killing Michael Jackson has a lighter prison punishment than singing one of his songs in a video without forking $100000 to the RIAA
- The US government can (and will) arrest political dissidents indefinitely without trial, legally
- Bailouts are being given to banks but not to householders
- Excluding any person from any activity for any reason (even if it's common sense to imply that said person has a convincing reason not to take part from said activity) is slowly being redefined as discrimination
... yes, the common sense has long died in the US. Perhaps they can import some from - oh, so it's dead overseas too?