CITP Symposium: Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music

Wrap-Up; Thanks to Panelists

April 22nd, 2008 by Ed Felten
This marks the end of our online symposium on voluntary collective licensing of music. Thanks to our panelists for an enlightening conversation: Matt Earp, Ari Feldman, Jon Healey, Dan Levitin, Samantha Murphy, David Robinson, Fred von Lohmann, and Harlan Yu.  Read more »

What’s unique about collective licensing?

April 14th, 2008 by Ariel Feldman
Because of the numerous problems with mandatory collective licensing schemes, the consensus among participants in this symposium seems to be that if there is to be any collective licensing, it should be voluntary for both consumers and for artists and labels. What I find striking, however, is how little of a difference there seems to [...]  Read more »

Why do people file-share?

April 11th, 2008 by Matt Earp
A plain and (deceptively) simple question, but one that I think is vital to come to terms with in this discussion.  Read more »

The Slippery Slope from Voluntary to Mandatory

April 9th, 2008 by Ed Felten
If we adopt a truly voluntary license system, pressure will build to make it mandatory. How can we avoid this slippery slope?  Read more »

Dividing the Pot of Gold

April 9th, 2008 by Harlan Yu
Once the licensing fees are collected into the Big Pot, how will the spoils be divided fairly among all the artists? There are several approaches, but none of them seem ideal.  Read more »

Transparency is Clearly the Answer

April 8th, 2008 by Samantha Murphy
Experience with the labels shows that dividing the revenue pool will be an opaque process, probably harming small artists...  Read more »

How Much to Charge?

April 8th, 2008 by Jon Healey
"How can we decide the `right' price to charge?" I'd like to come at this from the perspective of the rights holders, whose support would be critical.  Read more »

Good License v. Bad Tax

April 8th, 2008 by Fred von Lohmann
Protecting choice is the key to an efficient and fair licensing system. Some thoughts about how this would work ...  Read more »

Introduction: Some Key Questions

April 7th, 2008 by David Robinson
This symposium grows out of an earlier blog post. There are a wide range of interesting questions...  Read more »