This Week In Music: David Ross, Founder of Music Row, On Compulsory Access Licenses
This Week In Music: David Ross, Founder of Music Row, On Compulsory Access Licenses

On This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks to David Ross, founder of Nashville music industry publication Music Row, about whether the future of the music industry lies in streaming or download models (both agree that the future lies in access models). Ross argues that the entire music industry needs a central database that would allow for an easy and concise process for people who want to access and use music that simplifies the way that artists and labels get paid.

Ross argues that if the industry instituted a compulsory access license across the board, as in charging ISP companies to collect a "copyright tax" that allowed users to access as much music as they wanted, it would increase revenue for the industry. Rogers, on the other hand, argues for a more free market approach, where content owners would decide how they want to make their music available and the market would sort out the most profitable option. If the central database could be set up to accept a myriad of models, he says, the industry could make even more money than if a compulsory access license was approved.

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