STIMs Statement zum legalen Filesharing

Das Statement des schwedischen Pendants der GEMA zum geplanten Testballon einer Kulturflatrate bietet nix neues, zeigt aber, dass man dort (im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen) eine klare Vision hat.

Until now the debate about file sharing and copyright has been conducted like an intensifying trench warfare between two irreconcilable camps. On the one side there are calls for continued ownership of artistic property on the net, increased control over the online exchange of music and other products, and a single-minded focus on the prosecution of illegal file sharing. While the other side mutters about an approaching police state and seems happy to toss out the copyright baby with the bathwater.

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The more fundamental issue is how we can bring about a situation that will benefit musicians and Internet users alike. A new paradigm is needed that will guarantee the creators of music proper remuneration for their work while leaving users free to enjoy all the freedom and flexibility of the net. In the debate so far, such proposals have been conspicuous by their absence.

The file sharing phenomenon, in which large networks of Internet users upload music and other files to be copied by others, exploits the full potential of Internet technology, making large volumes of music available for download anywhere in the world by quite simple means.

We want to sit down and talk with ISPs about what we and they can do to offer users a way of paying through their Internet charges for the music streaming through the providers’ networks — a way of making their music surfing legal.

Typically it will mean increasing the ordinary Internet user’s monthly charge by an amount related to the overall use of music on the net. In return, they will be free to legally download music from the net for their own use.

What will make this possible is for providers to sign licensing agreements with STIM and other rights societies—just as radio stations, supermarket chains and sports facilities do today. We are hoping to get other representatives of music right holders on board.

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