by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jan 5th 2009 5:19pm
I have significant problems with any sort of compulsory licensing scheme, which basically gives the power to a tiny group of people to establish the business models and cost structures for an entire industry. It's as if people who support compulsory licensing don't believe the free market works at all. The latest example of this is that the Copyright Royalty Board, which controls pretty much everything having to do with copyright compulsory licenses (despite often showing little to no understanding of technology) is now saying that anyone who broadcasts music online should have to submit full playlist data on every song they play to SoundExchange, the RIAA-spinoff in charge of "distributing" (if you call what it does distributing) money to copyright holders. While some entities already do this, it does seem like quite a burden for others, but that's what you get when you let a small group of people decide all the rules.
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