Peter Kafka

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Yet Another New Digital Music Service, But This One’s for Pros

Here’s an online music service you are very unlikely to use: GreenLight Music, a Web-based music-licensing exchange run by Corbis, the Seattle-based company best known for its photo-licensing operations. GreenLight is designed to let professional users, like commercial producers, quickly clear the rights to songs owned by big labels like Sony, Warner Music and EMI. GreenLight will take a fee ranging from 10 to 20 percent of each transaction.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work