scotartt on 3 Aug 2000 14:33:12 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> copyright wanking


What you describe already operates for broadcast and public performance.
There's a number of national agencies that perform this function ... the
Performing Right Society (its called something like that) being one of

However the key ingrediant which you fail to elucidate is what revenue
exactly such an online society would distribute. For radio and TV its a
small levy on the advertising revenues. Venues pay an annual fee. You will
have to locate a secure revenue source that's going to pay the artist if
you want to institute such a scheme -- then tell the music companies 'cos a
lot of them, Napster included, are still struggling to find out what
revenue stream *they're* going to use.


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----- Original Message -----
From: Benjamin Spatz <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2000 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: <nettime> copyright wanking

> What if all the songs were available for free through an agent like
> Napster, and that agent provided its dowload statistics to some
> agency, which paid the artists according to how popular their music was?
> Obviously this is completely inconceivable at the moment, but I'm
> wondering if there are any theoretical reasons why it wouldn't work. Of
> course, it doesn't leave any room for artists who are doing important
> that nobody likes, but capitalism isn't supposed to leave any room for
> that kind of work anyway.
> I realized that this essentially replaces the music companies with
> nonprofit organizations. I think this might be a good idea. In fact,
> the more abstract version of the question, I guess, is simply: Why aren't
> all corporations nonprofit? The leaders of nonprofit organizations still
> get paid lots of money, but never anything close to what Bill Gates type
> people make, I think. Why do we need for-profit corporations?
> -ben_

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