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Apr 29, 2007, 10:37 PM
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Link: Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20070429233732)
Description:: Plenty of ink has been spilled in arguments over the proper business model for music in the P2P age. The publishers generally want to hold onto the current market-based system, but there are voices in the wilderness arguing that a compulsory license model actually makes the most sense for both artists and consumers. One of those voices is Steven Page, singer and guitarist for the Barenaked Ladies, who recently spoke to Ars about this issue and called for an ISP-based licensing model that would allow consumers access to all the music they want and would ensure that artists get paid. But the US Register of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters, calls this a bad idea.

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SPUY767
Apr 30, 2007, 07:16 AM
New on Ars Technica: Barenaked Ladies. . . Socialists? I think so.

He says that some Big Brother flag should be imbedded in all the P2P files that are transferred so that the ISP can track who owns what that is being transferred and on top of that, suggests that the ISP's charge us EVEN MORE than they already do by 10-25 percent based on the figures that he threw out there to compensate artists?

Here's an idea, how about artists stop signing contracts with parasitic distribution companies who care nothing for creativity and merely want to suck all the money out of an act that they can. God this stuff makes me angry.

cujo
Apr 30, 2007, 11:17 AM
Maybe you're reading into it or maybe you've read it elsewhere, but this article makes no mention of "big-brothering" p2p files. It mentions "tracking data from P2P networks" but not embedding anything in the files. Plus, you can be that this info is already being tracked by your ISP.

Now there are some things wrong with this model, like just charging people for maybe downloading songs (could be free stuff), but not what you mentioned. Just wanted to clear that up.

I'm not a fan of this proposal because I'm not a fan of giving ISPs the power to charge me like he says, and I think he's a bit off base on the reason people don't buy music. I don't think people are against iTunes or emusic or whatever because "they don't like the process".

I don't have the answer, but this isn't it either.