14
Aug
08

Labels Getting Paid for P2P? Music ‘Task Force’ in Florida?

According to paidContent UK, one of the top ISPs in the UK is going to be launching an unlimited music service that will actually pay labels for songs that are downloaded illegally by their customers.  Interesting.  I wonder if it’s gonna work.  Because if it does, it seems like a win-win.  Fans get free music, and the major labels can stop whining about how broke they are because of illegal file sharing.  Curious to see whether this will work, and if it does, will the major ISPs in the US follow?  And if they do, will it be all labels that get paid, or just the majors?

In similar but unrelated news, Florida’s governor is going to  “establish a Music Recording Industry Task Force to identify issues impacting Florida’s music recording industry”, according to their press release. Blah blah blah.  I think the most interesting thing about this story is the statement that one of the key functions  of the task force will be “protecting the entrepreneurial products created by lawful producers of sound/audio recordings.”  Translation: watch for more old ladies and 10 year olds to get sued for illegal downloading in the state of Florida.

This is why I follow the stories overseas so much.  Because they’re already doing this kind of task force  thing over in Europe, and as I’ve always said, whatever works across the pond is going to eventually find its way to the US.

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