Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page is a strong proponent for compulsory music licensing that will let music fans download, share and otherwise distribute any music they want-currently called "piracy"-in return for a low, simple fee.

In this Ars Technica interview, the artist says he's comfortable with relinquishing the right to control how copies of his work is used in return for monetizing all the P2P activity that is currently providing no revenues.

Under his proposal, Internet service providers would collect a blanket licensing fee set at a compulsory rate to be determined, as part of their monthly subscription charge, and provide it to music labels.

"People don't like paying for music," Page says, but "it's not because they think it's free, they just don't like the process."