Post by Bill Henderson on Aug 28, 2006 12:01:59 GMT -5
OK here's one to start with.
Peer to peer is the most incredible distribution system for music that's ever existed. Because of the fact that you have access to so many personal libraries of music, the depth of the catalogue is far superior to itunes and other "legal" music sites. For anyone who's musical tastes include material that today's broad population considers obscure, you could have trouble getting what you want on the authorized services, but you probably won't with Peer to Peer. Problem is, the people who created the music don't get paid.
Some say sue them for stealing your work. I say, don't blow up a great distribution system, just find a way to pay the people that make the music.
How? Well, nobody pays to hear music on the radio, yet songwriters, musicians and record companies get paid when their stuff is played. That happens by tracking the music radio plays, taking a percentage of the the stations' revenues, and paying the creators of the music with it. This has been going on for the better part of a century. It works! Why not do the same thing with the internet?
Rather than suing people that enjoy music, we should encourage their enjoyment, while charging internet service providers for the right to communicate the music to the public. By doing that, we create a pool of money. And with digital tracking, we can find a fair way to distribute the money to the people who made the music.