As I said last week, this post will cover the extremely sensitive subject of illegal music downloading and sharing via the internet. The debate over whether an artist's work should be made freely available through the internet is hotly contested, to say the least, but extremely important because of the ramifications illegal downloading entails.
An article in BBC covers a very interesting and innovative approach to ending the music piracy conflict. The article follows a foundation named the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in their efforts to find a solution to the growing issue of illegal music downloading. In essence, AIM aims (no pun intended) to incorporate a cost for music sharing in every internet users monthly bill, essentially eliminating the need to illegally stream music. By doing this, clients would have access to every song available on the web as long as they had access to an internet server. The company would also provide the option of purchasing music from licensed companies like iTunes and Amazon in order to provide users with hard copies of songs as well.
The article goes on to explain that the closest example to a free music sharing interface is the radio, although stations maintain complex negotiations with artists and record labels. The internet has been a forefront for ideas since its inception. Freeing the restrictions on music could potentially be the next logical progression in social and economic reform in the 21st century.
Hopefully you all enjoyed this concept and can have a good discussion in the comments below. Look out for my review of some hot new tracks next week!