p2pnet news Music:- | P2P:- In a move which would, “represent the most radical supply-side reform ever considered by the music business in the modern era,” ‘legal’ file sharing broadband subscription services could appear in the UK by year’s end, says The Register.
Quoting “music industry sources, “The UK would become the second country after South Korea where the music business has agreed to offer licenses to file sharing services in a bid to reverse declining revenues,” says the story, going on:
“The co-operation follows the intervention of “Brown’s Fist”, the former advisor and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at BERR (the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform) Baroness Shriti Vadera (right). Vadera is understood to have threatened both the ISP and music businesses with reform and policy intervention, threats which encouraged both parties to open negotiations.”
But, “No deals have been signed yet and significant details have yet to be addressed,” says Andrew Orlowski the post.
As envisaged, “the new music services track exchanges of songs within a network using non-intrusive technology, and reward rights holders by their popularity,” he says, going on:
“The new services provides advantages for subscribers, networks and rights holders.
“For music lovers, activity that previously fell under copyright infringement becomes legal – lifting the threat of prosecution or disconnection. A more positive attraction is that there is no incentive to go to sites that distribute malware, or support phishing or child pornography in order to obtain music. Nor is there a need to obfuscate song names in Pig Latin, for example. More significantly, the supply side effects for consumers should lead to superior discovery tools for music: neither the consumer nor the music company has an interest in material being hard to find.
“For the ISPs, music services offer a powerful customer attraction and retention tool, and ultimately relieve the pressure of dealing with high-bandwidth infringing users. (Contrary to their public statements, ISPs are keen to boot these infringing downloaders off their networks). If ISPs can convert a significant number of subscribers to use above-ground services, the appeal of hard-to-manage, badly-behaved protocols such as Bittorrent diminishes, making networks easier and cheaper to operate”
At the very least, “the negotiations currently underway break new ground for both music and network businesses,” says The Register.
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The Register – Legal, British P2P ‘by end of year’, June 26, 2008
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