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Legitimizing file-sharing

The Electronic Frontier Federation has called for a voluntary flat-rate fee system as a way to legitimize file sharing and compensate artists. The flat-rate plan is not unlike the flat-rate paid by radio stations to broadcast music.

No surprise: the RIAA opposes the plan, which got a public review Wednesday at the Future of Music Coalition’s “Music Law Summit West” in San Francisco. One RIAA objection is that all music is assumed to have the same value; however, an artist at the same forum applauded the concept because it frees musicians from the existing recording industry power structure.

Wired News (26 Feb)

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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