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Loca Records is an independent British record label based in Brighton that releases music under Copyleft licenses onto Vinyl, CD and tape. Inspired by GNU/Linux, Loca Records allows similar freedoms as the GNU General Public License on their releases, including copying, re-release, modification and sampling, with the requirement that the new work uses the same license.
Loca releases electronica and post-rock music. Artists include Meme, Maz Plant Out, Ward, and Xan.
Loca's first and second release in 1999, Kinematic and the Mandibles EP, were released under the GNU General Public License and subsequent releases have been on the EFF Open Audio License. Loca is now releasing all work under the Creative Commons license known as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.
One notable difference between this license and open-source licenses such as the GPL is that it does not require making the raw unmixed tracks available, whereas open source software has the underlying source code available.
Loca receives money from selling CDs and Records. Following the example of Free/Libre and Open Source GNU/Linux distributors, this money is reinvested in new talent and to encourage more experimentation.