Tens Of Thousands Of Students Have Signed Up For Choruss… Even Though No One Knows What It Is?
from the am-I-missing-something? dept
A bunch of folks have sent in the story in The Register about Jim Griffin’s appearance at the World Copyright Summit, where he apparently told the crowd that “tens of thousands” of students at universities have agreed to voluntarily pay for Choruss. But, unfortunately, nobody seems to know what it is. Plenty of folks have been asking for an actual description of what it is — and every time we’re not told anything other than that it’s “an experiment” that we’re not to criticize. So, I’m curious who these tens of thousands of students are, and exactly what they’ve signed up for. If any of them is willing to share with us the details of what they signed, that would be great.
At one time, we were told that Choruss would be mandatory, but lately, Griffin has suggested that it will be voluntary. A voluntary system is much better, so that’s definitely a step in the right direction, if that’s true. But there are still plenty of other problems with such a system, many of which I’ve outlined elsewhere. It still seems like the entire program is based on a negative benefit (“you won’t get sued”) rather than a positive incentive (“here’s a reason to give money in exchange for something you want”) and a distortionary effect on the market (i.e., inserting unnecessary bureaucracy into a market, such that artists will actually make less). But, the fact that supposedly tens of thousands of students have agreed to pay for this when no details of what “this” is have been offered seems quite odd.
Separately, I should note that in our last post about Choruss, we solicited questions to be sent to Griffin which he has promised to answer. Due to my own hectic travel schedule, I haven’t had time to go through the responses yet and whittle the list down to a more reasonable level, but I’m hoping to do that shortly. Alternatively, Griffin is free to answer questions and discuss these issues in the comments, but to date he has preferred not to do so, which is his right, of course. Still, if you have any additional questions for Griffin, feel free to add them in the comments, and I’ll include them in the potential list (which will be narrowed down, so as not to overwhelm Griffin).