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Music-lovers liability insurance?

Friday, October 5, 2007 by Dave Winer.

A picture named justice.gifI was watching RIAA president Cary Sherman on CNN this morning. A reasonable guy, with a straight pitch. We know our future is on the Internet. We want people to enjoy music. We don't mind if you make copies of the music but don't go into competition with us, don't distribute the music. Hard not to sympathize when he says it so reasonably.  Permalink to this paragraph

They got a $222K judgement against a Minnesota woman yesterday. We're thinking about it. And of course that's what the RIAA wants us to do, right. Think. Okay. We're thinking. Hopefully they'll do some thinking too. Permalink to this paragraph

First, Sherman seems so reaonable, makes me wonder if a negotiation is possible. I've always said I want to pay, but like Sherman, I want it to be reasonable. I've already purchased music on vinyl, then tape, then CD, if I'm going to do it again on the Internet I want a better deal than last time.  Permalink to this paragraph

We got a good piece of what we want with the Amazon MP3 store. But I'd like to buy music in bulk, in MP3 form. Like I said, I don't mind paying, a reasonable amount of money. Half-terabyte disks cost $150, and the prices keep coming down. I'd like to go down to Fry's and buy a half-terabyte of music (they're not going to like this) for another $100. I'd like it already installed on the hard disk. Put the RIAA brand on it if you like. Make a deal with Seagate? Permalink to this paragraph

Anyway, I'm thinking, I'm thinking. Permalink to this paragraph

Another idea. Permalink to this paragraph

How about music-lover's liability insurance? Permalink to this paragraph

Companies, even small startups, buy director's liability insurance. Without it they'd never get high net worth individuals to serve on their board. Permalink to this paragraph

How about RIAA and MPAA insurance. Pay $1000 per year and download all you want, sure that if the RIAA wins a judgement against you, you're covered. Permalink to this paragraph

I bet a lot of people would go for it. Think of the peace of mind it would buy. Permalink to this paragraph

Then hopefully, the RIAA would get the idea that they could cut out the middleman.  Permalink to this paragraph

PS: William Smith thinks someone is doing it. Permalink to this paragraph

PPS: Kim Jong Il may need some MLLI?  Permalink to this paragraph

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