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)