Screw the RIAA – Legally!

I’m sure the loopholes that would make this possible would be closed in short order. It’s still a cool idea.

Son of Napster
One Possible Future for a Music Business That Must Inevitably Change
By Robert X. Cringely

“When I mentioned in last week’s column that I would this week be writing about a legal way to do a successful music downloading business — a business that would threaten the Recording Industry Association of America and its hegemony — dozens of readers wrote to me trying to predict what I would write. Some readers came at the problem from a purely technical perspective, ignoring the fact that the real issues here aren’t technical but legal. Some readers took a legal approach, but they tended to ignore the business model. Some were looking solely for the business model. Interestingly, nobody even came close to my idea, which makes me either a total loon or a diabolical genius. Truth be told, I’m probably more of a diabolical loon.”