Licensing music on the Internet is to be formally tested during a 90-day trial organised by two of the UK?s music rights societies.
The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and the Performing Rights Society (PCS) have teamed up to create MusicTrial.com for the European Commission-funded Imprimatur project. The project is a consortium of commercial companies and academic institutions formed to investigate the secure trading of copyright on the Internet.
From today, anyone visiting the www.MusicTrial.com Web site will be able to download CD quality music for free using the Liquid Audio Music Player (which can also be downloaded for free from site). The music tracks available for download have been provided free of charge by PRS and MCPS members for the duration of the trial.
Using Liquid Audio?s music distribution system, the trial partners will track music downloads and will give users automatic copyright clearance. Both societies hope their integrated licensing system will provide a blueprint for future audio distribution and licensing management on the Internet.
Where currently an audio clip can be heard and the CD purchased electronically for later home delivery, MusicTrial.com demonstrates how music can be acquired and licensed for use in one simple online transaction.
"Until now, rights organisations dealings with the new technologies have been focused on preventing the use of unlicensed music without addressing the need to find a user-friendly licensing solution for those wishing to operate legally,? explained Mark Isherwood, Director of New Technology at the MCPS-PRS Alliance. ?This is our attempt to do just that,? he said.
?We are demonstrating how music copyright holders can continue to receive royalty payments for their work in an electronic trading environment, thus allowing them to take full advantage of the new opportunities of the Digital Age,? he added.
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