This episode of With A Voice Like This is the conclusion of how I’d like to see things work in regard to music and the Internet and distribution of both responsibilities and money.
- Some quick clarifications from statements made last show.
- A brief recap of Episode 057‘s (Part 1) major points
Music and the Internet is a Virtual Venue
- Performers perform (Streaming)
- Consumers pay (e.g. cover charge, all inclusive charge)
- Consumers can also buy recordings and other merchandise above entrance fees
- Venues (ISPs, applications) are responsible for reporting and payment
- With new code, all streams, downloads, etc. are tracked and put in a database (Who holds the DB TBD)
- No more sampling needed, just a direct pull of tracks from the database
- Performance Rights Organizations (PRO) could still collect, but pay based on actual numbers, not samplings
- No PRO could collect for non-members and keep money if the performers either don’t join, can’t be found or don’t claim their money
- Artists, Authors, Lyricists and Publishers responsibility is to secure a code so they are credited and paid for their works or not paid by their choice.
- Any music without the code is flagged in database and action taken (example of software recognition at EveryZing.com [EDIT: 12-28-12 – EveryZing.com is no longer a valid website])
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The Down side
This discussion is an overly simplistic layout of a very complex idea. Currently the Orphan Works Act almost passed in Congress and it seems very similar to what I’ve outlined here. You can hear it discussed at great length on Webcomics Weekly #38 from a visual artist’s point of view and its major weaknesses. I feel I’ve taken some of the things into account that were ignored in the Orphan Works Act and although not exactly the same, the pitfalls could be very similar.
On A Lighter Note
Here are examples of some voiceover work I had just recently done.
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