F. von Lohmann in the LATimes [6:10 pm]
Rather than trying to sue Americans into submission, imagine a real solution for the problem. What if the labels legitimized music swapping by offering a real amnesty for all file-sharing, past, present and future, in exchange for say, $5 a month from each person who steps forward?
The average American household spends less than $100 on prerecorded music annually. Assuming that many people will continue buying at least some CDs (a recent survey by Forrester Research found that half of all file-sharers continue to buy as many or more CDs as they did before catching the downloading bug), $60 per year for file sharing seems reasonable.
And such a plan would surely be more popular than the use-restricted and limited-inventory “authorized” alternatives. After all, the explosive growth of file-sharing is the strongest demand signal the record business has ever seen. The industry should embrace the opportunity instead of continuing to thrash around like dinosaurs sinking in hot tar.
[...] It’s easy to predict the industry’s excuses: “We don’t have all the rights.” “Antitrust law prevents us from acting together.” “What about my cut of the CD?”
Puh-leeze. You tell us your industry’s on the brink of extinction: It’s time to do something daring, not suicidal.