What If There Was A Music Collection Society That Actually Understood That Free Isn't Always Bad?

from the well,-here's-a-shot dept

In the US we have three main music collection societies for performance rights (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC), and then SoundExchange for satellite/online streaming. However, many other countries just have a single collection society, with somewhat monopolistic tendencies. There have been efforts (mostly failed) to create more competition in Europe, mainly by encouraging the organizations to leave their local country and work across Europe. There have been precious few new entrants, however. At least one group is trying to change that — and they’re doing so by embracing the internet and the concepts of free culture. C3S, or the Cultural Commons Collecting Society is trying to enter the market in Europe in a much more culture-friendly manner:

C3S is a collaborative effort to found a new and ground-breaking European collecting society for musical creators to register their works outside of traditional schemes, released under free licences for commercial exploitation. More than just for works published under Creative Commons Licences, C3S is open for other free licences as well.

The new operation wants to encourage free distribution for non-commercial use, and a much more reasonable (and appealing) deal for both musicians and consumers. Just the fact that the organization has to make it clear that members are encouraged to make use of free licensing is an amazing step forward. Compare that to organizations like GEMA that have tried refusing to recognize Creative Commons licenses, and operations like ASCAP, who insist that Creative Commons is threat to musicians, rather than a useful tool. Who knows if C3S will go anywhere, but it’s nice to see that it’s at least being tried.

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Anonymous Anonymous Coward says:

Fight Gema and Brein?

It is good to hear that such a seemingly reasonable player is coming on the scene. But what happens when a creator wants to use them and Gema or Brein come along and insert their two Euros? Is there then a court battle? Will they have the financial wherewithal to make that fight? It appears that Gema and Brein have enough money to argue for whatever they want, which brings up the question why they didn’t give that money to the creators?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re:

Do you even read the summaries, never mind the linked sites?

The only thing being praised in the summary is the fact that “free for non-commercial use” isn’t being demonized by this collection society.

I wonder what you’d manage to spout if Mike praised a collection society for “being human” by siphoning off some of its money to support, say, the orphaned children of artists who died from starvation because the record labels didn’t pay them royalties.

F! says:

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Not many musicians really care if someone copies their music — As long as the person copying them credits the creator, and passes along a reasonable percentage of profits made from the music, IF any money is made from it.

CC-BY-NC I believe is the default position of most musicians. They’re still free to license it commercially, but when there’s no money to be made and the second party isn’t claiming authorship, the creator generally is pretty happy to see it happen.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and all that. Humanity has progressed for centuries based on this. May we continue to do so.

John (profile) says:

Legal Advice to Criminals

Before you download copyrighted music or movie on the Internet consider the civil and criminal penalty associated with the criminal activity. You may want to consider expense of attorney, court, fines and jail time before you start your life of crime. Recording industry and movie industry make more money when you steal copyrighted works than when you purchase them.

Does anyone know where to insert a CD or DVD into your iPad? Maybe someone at the recording industry or movie industry knows.

You can listen to music on the radio. You can watch movie on the television.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Legal Advice to Criminals

Hmmm… not sure if serious, but just in case:

“Before you download copyrighted music or movie on the Internet consider the civil and criminal penalty associated with the criminal activity.”

You seem to be confused about the difference between civil and criminal offences for a start. Your “legal advice” isn’t looking too solid.

“Recording industry and movie industry make more money when you steal copyrighted works than when you purchase them.”

Studies show that this is true, yet they still pretend that “pirates” lose them more money than their other problems…

“Does anyone know where to insert a CD or DVD into your iPad?”

No, but I know where to put them into a computer to perform a perfectly legal format shift to watch or listen to them on the device of my choosing.

“You can listen to music on the radio. You can watch movie on the television.”

Yet, strangely, I pay for neither, without committing any crime. Te companies behind them are not bankrupt. There are also companies building on their business models for the 21st century that don’t seem to be doing too badly.

Why, it’s almost as though business models are the problem and not those “pirates” who are being fought by the “genius” method of removing rights from innocents and reducing the value of their own content for paying consumers…

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