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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a report outlining its favored solution to the music file-sharing controversy…The EFF white paper recommends that the music industry adopt a model similar to that used by radio stations today, known as voluntary collective licensing. The proposal suggests a way […]

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a report outlining its favored solution to the music file-sharing controversy…The EFF white paper recommends that the music industry adopt a model similar to that used by radio stations today, known as voluntary collective licensing. The proposal suggests a way that artists and copyright holders can get paid and music fans can share music freely at a reasonable charge “without feeling like criminals”. Methinks this has been suggested umpteen times before, but nothing has happened…it is one of those ideal situations, much like the common payment gateway which the traditional online publishing industry has been hoping for, for a long time

“The concept is simple: the music industry forms a collecting society [the paper suggests that ISPs should be the ones collecting this fee, bundling it on top of the access fee], which then offers file-sharing music fans the opportunity to “get legit” in exchange for a reasonable regular payment, say $5 per month. So long as they pay, the fans are free to keep [sharing] without fear of lawsuits. The money collected gets divided among rights-holders based on the popularity of their music.”

“The more people share, the more money goes to rights-holders. The more competition in applications, the more rapid the innovation and improvement. The more freedom to fans to publish what they care about, the deeper the catalog.”

  1. Quality Control in Voluntary Collective Licensing

    An attempt at the solution to the problem of file-sharing and copyright appears to be a win-win situation at first glance, but there are a couple of details that don’t get addressed in the white paper, and like the saying…

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