The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Martin Springer

Title

Content distribution via file sharing based on voluntary collective licensing

No.

040413springer01



Name:

Martin Springer

Affiliation/additional information:

Active Contributor, Luebeck, DE

Date submitted:

2004/04/13

 

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Criteria

Description

1.

Name of DMBM

Content distribution via file sharing based on voluntary collective licensing

2.

Summary description of DMBM

Music fans who share music files over the internet pay a voluntary license fee to a collecting society. In exchange they are free to download and share music files using the hardware and software platforms they like. Based on the relative popularity of the music, the money collected is divided by the collecting society between artists and rights-holders.

3.

Use records of DMBM

  • Radio Broadcast: in the first half of the twentieth century, radio stations started to pay fees to collecting societies to pay off the authors of the broadcasted music.

4.

TRUs used

5.

DEU used

  • DEU #1: content distribution via P2P networks

6.

Benefits of DMBM

  • Music fans can legally access an unlimited selection of music.
  • Artists and other copyright holders are fairly compensated.
  • Independent artists can more easily distribute music and receive payment
  • The distribution of music via P2P networks is more efficient than centralized distribution models.

7.

Requirements

  • A range of paying mechanisms, e.g. direct subscription via a web interface, bundle license fee with network access (e.g. broadband internet provider, mobile phone provider), bundle license fee with network services (e.g. provided by a University to their students)
  • A monitoring system to ensure the accurate division of the license fees
  • Some antitrust regulation to ensure that the collective society will not abuse its market power

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References

Let the music play” - White Paper, Electronic Frontier Foundation, 2004