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July 06, 2005
Von Lohmann on 17 USC 115 Reform
EFF's Fred von Lohmann has some positive things to say about the Copyright Office's proposal to reform 17 USC 115 (A Worthy First Step).
This is an important step in the right direction, creating the prerequisites for a real, market-based solution to the P2P dilemma. Of course, it will still be up to the record labels (which own the copyrights in the sound recordings) to join the MROs or create their own collecting societies to license P2P users directly, but the MRO example, if successful, may provide just the push that the record industry needs. At a minimum, this reform should accelerate the licensing of digital music services and novel online uses, like podcasting, that should not be held hostage to internecine squabbles between middlemen, all of whom claim to represent the same rights holders.
posted by Ernest Miller |
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