A possible solution to file sharing copyright issues

Friday, February 27th, 2004 @ 4:14 am | Current Events

Digital copyright issues have been on a lot of people’s minds lately, especially with the Grey Tuesday protest and all. I was just thinking that I had no idea how it could be possible to resolve the copyright issues surrounding file sharing.

But the fine folks at the EFF have done just that:
Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music File Sharing.

The EFF is proposing a blanket licensing scheme similar to that used by performing rights companies such as ASCAP and BMI. File sharers would pay a small monthly fee (possibly an added fee to to one’s high speed internet bill or college fees) that would allow them to openly share music. It’s quite similar to the existing performance licenses for radio.

Of course, it’s not perfect; some file sharers will buck the system and download illegally anyway, and what to speak of existing pay-per-download services such as iTunes and Napster? They certainly wouldn’t be happy allowing file sharers to download music legally for free. But the idea itself is a step in the right direction. Now, the hard part, of course, is getting the record labels to listen. And I have a feeling that it’s going to take years of lawsuits and industry shake-ups for them to even get to this point.

One Response to “A possible solution to file sharing copyright issues”

  1. adrian Says:

    there is no solution. file sharing is the birth to musical darwinism, those who lack musical skills will be eliminated from the competition