I think these new changes are a great idea, moving away from copyright material and more towards completely original creations makes a lot of sense. However, can I say that the Audio portal needs to be a bit easier to navigate.
There's heaps of great songs in the audio portal, but finding the right one for my flash can be really difficult. Often I'll be looking for background music that conveys a certain mood (heroic, spooky, whatever), and I'll want it to be played on real instruments (or at least SOUND like it was made on real instruments). Unfortunately when I do a search often 90% of the results are some techno/elctro/trance/rave style song that someone's made in fruityloops and listed incorrectly under "blues" or "latin" etc. I'm then forced to trawl through hundreds of inappropriate songs just to find few suitable tracks that have been correctly listed.
Isn't there some way this could be fixed? Maybe change the audio portal search function so you can click a button like "Show only orchestral songs", or "no doof doof songs", or something to filter the search results. Maybe a button on each audio submission like "this song is in the wrong category" which users can press if they find a techno remix of the Sonic theme listed as "Classical".
Also, while I'm on this rant, most of the songs on the audio portal are very techo-ish. Many of the other categories like "Classical" have only a few real classical tracks, and all the other songs are like remixes of Beethoven's Fifth. It's the same in a lot of categories like "Rock", "Blues", etc. There's a few Rock or Blues songs and the rest are fruityloops tracks that involve a rock guitar, blues harp, etc. I know people upload a lot of "doof doof" 200BPM style tracks because they're easy to make in programs like Fruityloops, and I'm not saying they're bad, just that they're not really useful when I need background music for an animation.
Anyway, I think the idea to encourage users to stay away from copyrighted material is a GREAT idea, and a little tweaking of the audio portal would make it easier to do that.