Carl Stone: Intellectual Property, Artistic License and Free Access to Information in the Age of Sample-Based Music and the Internet

Carl Stone
Excerpt #7

FRANK J. OTERI:So lets talk about Napster for a bit. What are your thoughts about people being able to share their record collections online.

CARL STONE:Peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material?


CARL STONE:I haven’t completely made my peace with it. I don’t see any way to stop it. I think that we have to recognize some realities there. And I don’t know. I’m not sure what the solution is. Maybe there is something lying in wait 10 years from now or maybe even less that will somehow figure a way that this can be handled so that, I mean, I kind of admire the impulse of peer-to-peer sharing. I don’t object to that per se. It would be nice if there were some kind of way that somehow through this sharing some accounting can be made and some payments can be due. And if it’s really substantial, even though a payment might be a penny or two, it would really add up.

FRANK J. OTERI:Where would the money come from to pay these folks.

CARL STONE:I don’t know. They’d have to figure out a way. It could look to the older European model where people have to pay annually a certain amount which is then put in a fund, then it grows.

FRANK J. OTERI:Here in America we’re shocked to hear that Europeans have to pay a radio tax.


FRANK J. OTERI:But radio is so much better in Europe.

CARL STONE:Although having just come from Europe there’s also a lot of bad radio out there, and bad television too. But yes, in France they send people out not only to count radios, but also computers. I haven’t quite figured that one out yet. They also have to pay a tax on their computers.

FRANK J. OTERI:Well that’s how, I would assume, they would get royalty money for downloadable music.

CARL STONE:Well I don’t think that was their idea, I mean this was two years ago before downloadable music was really practical, especially in France where you were paying all sorts of extra costs. But anyway, yes, they count your radios and depending on how many you have you pay a tax and that tax goes to support culture and cultural programming, and ultimately composers.