“Functionally voluntary” music may lead to blanket licenses


Griffin’s most intriguing idea, and one he’s been pitching for some time now, is a voluntary, blanket music license; essentially, bringing the collection society model to end users. In this model, consumers would pay royalties into a pot (by paying an extra monthly fee to their ISPs, for instance) and would then have access to all the music from all the labels that participate in the scheme. The new collection society would then distribute the money to artists and labels.

“Functionally voluntary” music may lead to blanket licenses.

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