So Much for Letting the Market Decide

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Lisa Rein

Lisa Rein
Jul. 31, 2001 10:23 AM
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Today's Wired News article by Andrew Osterman, entitled "Web Music Fight Plays Out in D.C. ", provides a timely update about some interesting developments on the Digital Music Copyright front.

The U.S. Copyright Office is in the process of deciding how much webcasters will be required to pay copyright owners for webcasts. Apparently, this process has been going on for some time right under our noses.

This news, combined with the recently discovered CD watermarking technology mentioned in Steve McCannell's weblog The End of Fair Use: Copy-Protected CD's in Stores Now, sure makes it looks like the joke's on us.

Silly me. All this time, I thought we were trying to come up with a music distribution system that would be fair to all parties involved, and thinking it was just taking a little while for the music industry to understand all of its options. Instead, the record industry has been stalling just long enough to put their chosen system in place before any of us had anything to say about it.

The fact that it has all been a matter of public record the whole time is just the icing on the cake.

Lisa Rein is a co-founder of Creative Commons, a video blogger at On Lisa Rein's Radar, and a singer-songwriter-musican at lisarein.com.