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Go Big (No Half Measures) – Side B

Version for YouTube Music here; Music video and live show edition on YouTube Main here

Liner notes:

How it started:

How it’s going:

Music was instrumental from then to now and always.

Everyone deserves a better Internet. Let’s build it together.

Cover art:

A Broken Thread – A ‘Live’ Set (@Twitter)

Published on Twitter on 5/31/2021 [in singlets every hour] on Twitter @derekslater

#fullmeasure originally recorded in a Google Doc here.

[Forward:] “Flip it, keep up”  See also; #TRIGGERWARNING [11:59 PM PT 5/30/2021]

Go Big (No Half Measures) [Side A] – The Broken Thread Session – Side A Playlist  [1 AM PT, 5/31/2021]

Liner Notes:  [2 AM]

p.s. this goes out to everyone #freeandopen #bugreport [3 AM]

Never forget; #TRIGGERWARNING [4 AM]

No Half Measures #TRIGGERWARNING [5 AM]

God is a DJ [6 AM]

Sing Your Life [7 AM]

If you need anything, if you want to be on my team, I’m only a click or call away [8 AM]

One BIG Thing, as 5/31 is also the end of Mental Health Awareness Month [9 AM]

Please take care of yourself & take care of one another [10 AM]


do [12 PM]

it [1 PM]

and if I’ve ever hurt you #TRIGGERWARNING [2 PM]

please kindly [3 PM]

accept my empathy [4 PM]

I’m sorry [5 PM]

I’ll do better [6 PM]

Sincerely; [7 PM]

Not Howard Beale [8 PM]

Not AndyKaufman/JimCarrey [9 PM]

Derek Slater;;; [10 PM]

#TeamHedgehog [11 PM]

Turning off ‘send’ & turning on ‘receive only’ (on Twitter, that is; we are still in it 2gether IRL 4ever FTW lol) ’til 1/18/2022 [End of Side A]  #itsmybirthdayandiwilltweetifiwantto #freeandopenandkind [11:59 PM]

[Afterward:] p.p.s. note to self – for #stfu definition, see e.g. [12:01 AM 6/1/2021]

[Companion ‘Live’ Set to “Go Big (No Half Measures) [Side A]“]

Go Big (No Half Measures) – Side A

Playlist on YouTube here.

Cover Art – Front

Cover Art – Back 

Insert Art

‘Official’ Release at 1 AM PT on 5/31

Companion ‘Live’ Set – “A Broken Thread” – 3 AM – 11:59 PM on 5/31 (singlets on the hour on @derekslater)

LINER NOTES BEGIN [inspired by Illegal Art; see also Take Another Little Piece of My Art]

This is a mostly happy playlist about why we can’t have nice things.

When I turned 16 on 5/31/1999, I was already pretty privileged and was presented with two birthday gift options: a CD burner, or the Diamond Rio PMP300 (pronounced by the RIAA as the “pimp-three-hundred” in court, before they lost, see RIAA v. Diamond Rio, h/t Andrew Bridges).

The next day, Napster launched, and three years later was out of business.

At the time, I was pretty sure that we’d end up with a Library of Alexandria, powered by search and recommendation systems as well as a new ecosystem of tastemakers, with a compensation system for artists that provided true economic security. Fans get what they want, artists get paid, innovation abounds.

While an unhealthy mix of bad decisions – law and policy, market dynamics, social norms, and (lack of) infrastructure – combined to impede that full dream, there’s been lots of progress and there’s still hope for the future.

Progressing forward requires (at least) three things:

  1. Helping creators and fans through innovation and creativity
  2. Helping creators and fans through smarter music licensing & data
  3. A democratic, equitable, and inclusive economic and communications policy that treats working musicians as part of the broader conversation about contingent work and the gig economy, and wraps libraries into the conversation about communications infrastructure, among other things.

As for the songs on this list, they’re about the past for me, although everything is a remix.

  1. Stetsasonic, “Talkin’ All That Jazz” – explicitly about the fight over sampling of art and new art forms enabled by technology, I will always associate it with Kembrew McLeod, Tartleton Gillespie, Siva Vaidynathan, Lyor Cohen, and A17.
  2. Al Green, “Jesus is Waiting” – US live footage like this is often trapped in a licensing morass. h/t Fred von Lohmann’s music club
  3. Who Sampled? James Brown, The Funky Drummer Break – music education like this remains too difficult. See also: (#flashsux)
  4. Opening to Do The Right Thing, featuring Rosie Perez dancing to Public Enemy, “Fight the Power” – ::gestures vaguely:: everything about this scene, this song, and this movie. See also the opening of Dog Day Afternoon; this scene from Network; the closing scene of Michael Clayton; the junior junior junior junior rabbi scene in A Serious Man; the 27B-6 scene in Brazilthe scene in π on math; ABC from GGR (lol); We Live in Public (all of it, including its manifestations today).
  5. Public Enemy, “Caught, Can I Get a Witness?” – along with Kembrew, Tarleton, Siva, see also my podcast as a stringer for at the Future of Music Coalition, 2005 (;, h/t Rafat Ali and Staci Kramer.
  6. Massive Attack’s live set on UK BBC Radio One’s Essential mix, 1994 – a close association with the post-Napster world and the sharing that started on music blogs, podcasts, websites;  see also From Mixtape to Playlist Report (2005) (at and blogpost (2011)(at:; associate also with Phillip Sherberne, Elizabeth Stark, Jack Lerner, preQ David Day. Scratch Perverts radio set in 2004.
  7. CHVRCHES covers Arctic Monkey’s “Do I Wanna Know?” on AU ABC radio triple j’s “like a version” show – enjoy the music licensing fun and please drive through. h/t Lailey
  8. Daniel Johnston, “Devil Town” – see also excellent documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston about music and mental health,
  9. Blood Bros, “First Blood” – walk-on/pump-up music. h/t Jess Hemerly. See also Jeff Daniels’ discussing his approach to his initial speech in Newsroom and acting generally.
  10. Google Take Action, “Let’s Talk about Creativity” – honestly, what was I thinking? h/t Ben Murray. See also;;;;;
  11. Blue Oyster Cult, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – RIP Sandy Pearlman ( cc Mike McGuire, Lucas Gonze; RIP Jack Valenti (see also: h/t Berkman Center, particularly John Palfrey, Urs Gasser, Meg Smith, Blythe Holden, Donna Wentworth, Catherine Bracy, Terry Fisher, JZ, GOB, AMac, Wendy Seltzer, Wendy Koslow, Mclaughlin, Nesson, Paul Hoffert, Bambauer, Susie Lindsay, Palfrey a second time, Lessig, too many to mention. RIP Ernie Miller, cc Mary Hodder, Eddan Katz, Jason Schultz, James Grimmelmann, Joe Gratz, Frank Field, Donna a second time, Ed Felten, Gigi Sohn, Lessig a second time, Siva a third time, Cory D, Matt Rolls a Hoover, TechLawAdvisor (Kevin X), Ernie the Attorney, and many more. RIP Aaron Swartz cc Danny O’Brien, David Segal, Tim O’Reilly. RIP Dan Kaminsky. RIP Ryan Davis (  RIP white_0men ( See also The Cure’s “Disintegration” (both song, and album, inc. the story); REM’s “Man on the Moon” and “The Great Beyond.”

Playlist in full here:

Other dedications: [clearly forgetting some, sorry]


This is a spiritual successor to our #noimnotgoingtolawschool:

As well as:

See also…




VP: The Substance of Style

VC:; <br>

CS: “Schools and Prisons” seminar, see also; <br>

The 707:;;

The Internet (Wireless Monkeybrains, Fiber (both Big and small), local internet choice h/t Joanne Hovis, Jim Baller, Dane Jasper & Sonic; Connectivity Fund; RIP AOL [sorta]), all the last mile providers (even you Comcast & Verizon h/t Jason Livingood & Link Hoewing), The Tubes [no, these ones, not those ones], the plumbers h/t Christian Dawson & Internet Infrastructure Coalition,  RIP Ted Stevens). h/t “I work for the Internet”, “the Internet works for me” (℅ andyswan & Fred Wilson), “Declaration of Internet Freedom” (v2012a)

The Web (Contract; Core Group) (see also A/HRC/20/26 ℅ Juan Ortiz Fueler)

The DNS (and the Internet Society h/t Joe Hall)

Video – all the services (even you, Peacock) and creators (timely: Tabitha Soren)

MusicRIP Rhapsody, RIP Napster, which are somehow both now known as

Blogs – e.g., WordPress, Blogspot, Manila h/t Dave Winer, Doc Searls, Dave Weinberger, Chris Locke, Rick Levine, the Cluetrain Manifesto)


Email – h/t Mike Masnick and Techdirt

Telephony – yes, you too T, Telstra, FT et al

Electricity, Satellites, Broadcasting, Airplanes – see e.g. Empires of Light (GoodReads); Iridium, Eccentric Orbits; The Golden Web; Southwest, Hard Landing, respectively Network Industry Study Group

Ninjase.g., Turtles & Splinter

Subspace Hockey Zone (Center Ice)

Measurement Lab


Tech Equity Collaborative

Community Technology Network

Creative Commons (h/t GOB)

The Samuelson Clinic(s)

Lumen Database (aka Chilling Effects h/t Wendy Seltzer)

Fight for the Future (Downhill Battle)

Economic Security Project, Chamber of Progress, Engine Advocacy et al

Public Knowledge, New America Foundation, Free Press et al
CATO (see e.g. Copyfights, Julian Sanchez), PFF, Tech Freedom, Patrick Ross, et al

Mom: ;


Uncle T:



Nb my brother doesn’t exist on the Internet, but is welcome to submit something for the record

And never forget:

One Last Thing: As 5/31 is also the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, please take care of yourself, take care of one another, just do it — and, if I’ve ever hurt you, please kindly accept my empathy, I’m sorry, I’ll do better.


Derek Slater (Not Howard Beale, not AndyKaufman/JimCarrey, not Tron Guy)

#TeamHedgehog #gobig

[End of Side A]

Side B – will launch on Jan 18, 2022  cc Jan Gerlach, Tim Hwang, Emily Emery, Jonathan Zittrain et al #freeandopenandkind

Additional footnotes

For a look at the roots of overall direction of travel in the music ecosystem, see e.g.,;;;

For some of the progress made in the last 20+ years, see e.g. the fact that this playlist can exist legally, be shared with friends, and compensate creators; the Music Modernization Act.

For other thoughts on music, listen generally to e.g. erin mckeown, Jesse von Doom, Maggie Vail, Adam Rubinger, Kid Kameleon.



These days, I spend most of my work time here.

The copyfighting lives on within the family, though.







Life and death in Subspace

Matthew Butcher’s hockey teammates started a memorial fund for him last week. Some of these friends had known him for as many as twelve years. Few had ever met him in person.

These friends all played an online video game called Subspace. The game came out in 1997 — making it one of the earliest massively multiplayer online games — and it has a simple premise: fly around in 2-d spaceships shooting at each other. Even though the game was commercially abandoned shortly after its release, devoted users reverse engineered it and released an open source version so they could keep playing and add security improvements.

The game’s genius was that users could reinvent it — they can setup their own gaming servers, with a unique map and altered settings. One of these user-generated versions attempts to emulate hockey: users “check” each other by shooting their guns, and control a fiery ball inside a rink shaped arena.

The Realistic Subspace Hockey League (RSHL), where players form teams and try to win a coveted trophy, just wrapped up its 16th season. They keep stats, and even make their own editions of Sportscenter.

More importantly, they chat. The last time I checked in on the RSHL was about 5 years ago. I found familiar names from my playing days like Matthew (or white_0men as he was known in-game), as well as many, many new players. In fact, most of the current players only picked up the game relatively recently, well after it was commercially abandoned.

But when I asked them why they still played, they all said roughly the same thing — they liked talking to each other, meeting people who were older and younger, who had different jobs, lived in different places. Some players come to the Zone just to watch others play and catch up with friends. (In fact, when I played, my dial-up connection was so bad that sometimes all I could do was chat.)

Last week I got an email that brought me back to Center Ice, the website hub where the hockey players congregate. white_0men was killed during a robbery at his business in Los Angeles, and his friends were alerting all players, past and present, about the donation fund for his family and a memorial message thread (now hundreds of messages long).

This may seem strange, although perhaps less so to the 80 million active users of Farmville or any number of other online games. Glancing through the Center Ice message board, I thought about what some of the other threads might look like to an outsider.  Forum chatter may seem silly, obnoxious, to some even profane.

Yet Center Ice is certainly a community, and not merely in a virtual sense.

If you’re interested in learning more about how this community is composed, shaped, and regulated, here is what I wrote about life in Subspace in 2005.

Homes with very messy tails

In Bucharest, neighborhoods formed their own networks in order to bypass incumbents and meet their own needs. Later, these networks transformed into small businesses.

My understanding is that the state of affairs is a bit different now, but these networks were quite normal 5 years ago.

Homes with incredibly short tails

Not quite the same as what Tim Wu and I proposed.

But this is  a neat demonstration of why ownership is attractive to consumers, and could be attractive to carriers.

“In addition to entering an area with tremendous support already lined up, Lyse also does something innovative: it allows prospective customers to dig their own fiber trenches from the street to their homes. In return, customers can save about $400. “They can arrange things just the way they want,” says Herbjørn Tjeltveit of Lyse, which makes for happier customers; apparently, nothing angers a Norwegian more than having some faceless corporation tunnel through his flower garden.

“The scheme also appeals to a Norwegian sense of thrift and do-it-yourselfness, says Tjeltveit, and he speculates that it has an additional benefit: customers who put some sweat equity into bringing their Internet connection from the street to the basement are more likely to be invested in the product and the company. (The obvious downside is that passionate customers are more likely to complain whenever they see shortcomings in the product.)

“So far, 80 percent of all customers have elected to do their own trenching, following the instructions and timeframe provided by the company. A technical team still has to come out to pull the fiber from the street through the ducting to the house and then make the proper termination, but much of the tough manual labor is avoided.

“A new fiber deployment can certainly be expensive, but Lyse has insulated itself from much of the risk. The model works, too; the company is now the main fiber-to-the-home provider in Norway, where it covers half the municipalities, and its customer churn rate has stayed quite low. As for the future, Lyse can ramp up the speed dramatically once all that precious fiber is in the ground; its partners are already testing both 100Mbps and 1,000Mbps connections.”

Freedom to Connect 2009: The Emerging Internet Economy

I’ll be speaking on Homes with Tails, or Measurement Lab, or something else. In any case, I’ll be there, and you should too.

F2C: Who, What, When, Where, Why

WHO: F2C is a meeting of people engaged with Internet connectivity and all that it enables, including

    * vendors,

    * customers,

    * regulators,

    * legislators,

    * analysts,

    * financiers,

    * citizens and

    * co-creators.

F2C is shaped by universal connectivity and the plunging capital requirements of information production, which, in turn, are changing many of our fundamental economic and social assumptions.

WHAT: A two-day meeting inside the beltway where the creators of the future of the Internet meet to engage in mutual learning and exploration.

WHEN: 8:00 AM on March 30 through 5:00 PM on March 31, 2009. List of confirmed speakers and bare-bones program here.

WHERE: AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring MD. More travel, lodging and venue details here.

WHY: It is written that Freedom of the Press is only for those with presses. The Internet now makes Freedom of the Press available to about 3,000,000,000 people, almost half of Earth’s humans. At F2C: Freedom to Connect, we explore how this changes the fundamental operating assumptions of society, and ask, “What next?”

Introducing Measurement Lab

(Cross-posted from Official Google Blog)

When an Internet application doesn’t work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else? It can be difficult for experts, let alone average Internet users, to address this sort of question today.

Last year we asked a small group of academics about ways to advance network research and provide users with tools to test their broadband connections. Today Google, the New America Foundation‘s Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, and academic researchers are taking the wraps off of Measurement Lab (M-Lab), an open platform that researchers can use to deploy Internet measurement tools.

Researchers are already developing tools that allow users to, among other things, measure the speed of their connection, run diagnostics, and attempt to discern if their ISP is blocking or throttling particular applications. These tools generate and send some data back-and-forth between the user’s computer and a server elsewhere on the Internet. Unfortunately, researchers lack widely-distributed servers with ample connectivity. This poses a barrier to the accuracy and scalability of these tools. Researchers also have trouble sharing data with one another.

M-Lab aims to address these problems. Over the course of early 2009, Google will provide researchers with 36 servers in 12 locations in the U.S. and Europe. All data collected via M-Lab will be made publicly available for other researchers to build on. M-Lab is intended to be a truly community-based effort, and we welcome the support of other companies, institutions, researchers, and users that want to provide servers, tools, or other resources that can help the platform flourish.

Today, M-Lab is at the beginning of its development. To start, three tools running on servers near Google’s headquarters are available to help users attempt to diagnose common problems that might impair their broadband speed, as well as determine whether BitTorrent is being blocked or throttled by their ISPs. These tools were created by the individual researchers who helped found M-Lab. By running these tools, users will get information about their connection and provide researchers with valuable aggregate data. Like M-Lab itself these tools are still in development, and they will only support a limited number of simultaneous users at this initial stage.

At Google, we care deeply about sustaining the Internet as an open platform for consumer choice and innovation. No matter your views on net neutrality and ISP network management practices, everyone can agree that Internet users deserve to be well-informed about what they’re getting when they sign up for broadband, and good data is the bedrock of sound policy. Transparency has always been crucial to the success of the Internet, and, by advancing network research in this area, M-Lab aims to help sustain a healthy, innovative Internet.

You can learn more at the M-Lab website. If you’re a researcher who’d like to deploy a tool, or a company or institution that is interested in providing technical resources, we invite you to get involved.

Homes With Tails, the paper

Download the full paper here.

Homes With Tails: What if You Could Own Your Internet Connection?

by Derek Slater and Tim Wu

America’s communications infrastructure is stuck at a copper wall. For the vast majority of homes, copper wires remain the principal means of getting broadband services. The deployment of fiber optic connections to the home would enable exponentially faster connections, and few dispute that upgrading to more robust infrastructure is essential to America’s economic growth. However, the costs of such an upgrade are daunting for private sector firms and even for governments. These facts add up to a public policy challenge.

In this paper, we propose and describe a new way to encourage broadband deployment. Most proposals have focused on deployment as a problem for firms and for government. For firms, the question is how a company can justify investments in a fiber infrastructure without a “killer app” – a new and proven revenue source that is different from what is available from existing copper wires. For governments, the questions consider how they might build and operate their own networks, convince or pay existing carriers to do so, or encourage market entrants to arrive and save the day.

Our intuition is that an innovative model holds unrealized promise: household investments in fiber.

Consumers may one day purchase and own fiber connections that run from their homes. They would then be able to connect to a variety of service providers, including today’s Internet, television, and telephone services, as well as ultra-bandwidth intensive services of the future. Consumers would have the opportunity not only to get a fast broadband connection, but also benefit from greater competition and lower prices in the retail service market.

We call this property model “Homes with Tails,” for the fiber would form part of the property right in the home. Key facets of our approach include:

1. A “condominium” model for fiber ownership, in which individual strands of fiber are sold to consumers, while maintenance and other collective needs are managed jointly.

2. Private firms and municipalities could consider selling fiber connections based on this model; and

3. Governments could consider using various mechanisms to support consumer purchases, including a tax credit to homeowners or renters who purchase a broadband connection.

The idea of customer-owned fiber may seem odd, but it is important to remember that many items that consumers buy today would have seemed very strange not long ago. Until the personal computer, a computer was something that only large companies owned. For decades, telephones were available only for lease, not for purchase. Home fiber could be the next technology that moves into the realm of consumer property.

That said, the goal of this paper is rather limited: to outline what customer-owned fiber might look like and suggest why it is worth investigating further. We do not suggest that this model is the panacea for broadband policy challenges; rather, it might serve as part of a broader solution. Furthermore, there are many empirical questions and obstacles to successful implementation that cannot be fully evaluated at this time. In particular, no market for consumer purchase of fiber currently exists, and there is a collective action problem in deploying a network of this sort. The only way to truly test this model’s feasibility is to attempt to implement it. Below, we describe one trial that is already ongoing in Ottawa, Canada, and more experiments of this kind would provide important insights.

In the end, the intuition behind this paper is as old as property theory: that people will spend more on and value more that which they own. 

“Homes With Tails,” the presentation, next Friday

Tim Wu and I are going to be presenting our forthcoming paper about customer-owned last-mile broadband connections —  “Homes With Tails” — next Friday at the New America Foundation.

For more on the concept, see my previous post. We’ll post the v1.0 of the paper early next week.

If you’d like to come to the event, here are the details, or see below.

Homes With Tails: What if You Could Own Your Internet Connection?

America’s path to becoming a broadband leader is uncertain. Few dispute that deploying fast, universal, and affordable broadband is imperative, but the costs of robust network infrastructure are daunting for the private sector and governments.

In a forthcoming New America Foundation working paper, Tim Wu and Derek Slater propose an innovative way to drive broadband deployment: a model that encourages consumers to purchase and own the “last-mile” connection that runs into their home. By purchasing their own fiber optic connections, consumers would be able to connect to a variety of service providers. This model holds the potential for higher broadband speeds, greater competition, and lower Internet service prices.

The idea of customer-owned fiber may seem odd at first, but buying items like personal computers, answering machines or even telephones was also unheard of only a few decades ago. Home fiber could someday become a must-have technology.

Join the authors for a presentation and discussion of this new proposal, and learn more about “Homes With Tails.”

Start: 11/21/2008 – 12:30pm

End: 11/21/2008 – 1:30pm

New America Foundation

1630 Connecticut Ave NW 7th Floor

Washington, DC, 20009

United States

Blogging Again

Just not here so much. More here. Here’s the latest:

What if you could own your internet connection?

It may sound strange, and it’s certainly not what we’re used to. Today we have a “carrier-centered” model; phone and cable companies spend billions to build, operate, and own the “last-mile” connection — the copper, cable, or fiber wires that come into your house. Individual consumers then pay for particular services, like phone service or Internet access.

In turn, we tend to think about broadband deployment in carrier-centric ways. If we want to see super-fast fiber connections rolled out to consumers, the main question appears to be whether carriers have appropriate incentives to invest.

But there’s no law of nature that says this is the only possible model. Many businesses, governments, universities, and other entities already own their own fiber connections, rather than leasing access to lines. It may also be possible to find ways for consumers to purchase their own last-mile strands of fiber.

Here, as anywhere, there would be certain advantages that come with ownership over renting. No one necessarily needs to own skis or a car, but many of us do. If you owned your own fiber, you’d be able to connect it to a service provider of your own choosing. Over time, you might save money, and it could make your house more valuable to have a fiber “tail.”

This may all sound rather abstract, but a trial experiment in Ottawa, Canada is trying out the consumer-owned model for a downtown neighborhood of about 400 homes. A specialized construction company is already rolling out fiber to every home, and it will recoup its investment from individual homeowners who will pay to own fiber strands outright, as well as to maintain the fiber over time. The fiber terminates at a service provider neutral facility, meaning that any ISP can pay a fee to put its networking equipment there and offer to provide users with Internet access. Notably, the project is entirely privately funded. (Although some schools and government departments are lined up to buy their own strands of fiber, just like homeowners)

The main challenges with this model are economic, rather than technical. Most importantly, ownership has to be made appealing and affordable to consumers. The construction company is using conservative estimates that only 10% of homeowners will sign up and there will be a per-customer cost of $2700. If you assume 50% take-up, then the per-customer cost drops to $1100. Both figures might seem like a lot, but people pay for a variety of improvements to their home — like remodeled kitchens, or a deck — that also cost large sums.

This model faces other significant obstacles as well and it may only be possible in certain circumstances, if it’s practical at all. But the only way to really figure that out is to experiment. Cable television started out as CATV — community antenna television, an experiment by individual entrepreneurs and rural towns to deliver broadcast signals across longer distances. The Internet started as an experiment in the research community before becoming the worldwide network we know today.

It’s also worth considering that, as recently as a few decades ago, personal telephones were unheard of — the telephone was owned by Bell and simply part of the network. Similarly, the very idea of a “personal” computer used to seem ridiculous, and people relied on sharing access to mainframes. Sure, there are differences between owning your own computer and your own internet connection, but perhaps one day we may see that the differences weren’t as great as we thought.

Even if this experiment fails, it can be a worthwhile data point in discussions about broadband deployment. We need as much creative thinking as we can get to determine how to deliver fast, open Internet for everyone.

The Ottawa trial was driven forward by Bill St. Arnaud, Chief Research Officer at CANARIE, a nonprofit research group devoted to promoting advanced network infrastructure in Canada. If you want to learn more about this idea, check out his presentations here.

Warner Music Hires Jim Griffin

This is a huge turning point.

Jim Griffin has been telling everyone to “monetize the anarchy” for essentially the entire decade. This solution was on the table dating back to Napster. The idea has long percolated within the entertainment & tech community (read: the pholist). Many, many others contributed to its development, including academics Terry Fisher, Neil Netanel, and Jamie Love (focusing more on a compulsory version), as well as organizations like EFF and the Berkman Center. I remember FMC’s Walter McDonough at the Berkman-Gartner Digital Media Conference in 2003 saying something to the effect of, “We all know we’re headed towards collective licensing anyway, right? Why can’t we just admit it?”

And yet for so long it seemed like this win-win solution would never truly break into the mainstream, including the major record labels. For awhile, many recoiled at the mere mention of collective licensing. (At the extremes were folks like Jim DeLong and Patrick Ross from PFF, who compared it to a “socialist gulag” and called it a “terrifying model.”)

Jim Griffin’s hiring suggests that voluntary collective licensing is finally getting the attention and investment from key rightsholders that it so richly deserves. It’s a good day for rightsholders, artists, innovators, and music fans. Hopefully, this is just the beginning….


December 2007: Copyright for Canadians

Feb. 13, 2008, Google Public Policy blog: “Here in Canada, where there is an ongoing debate about how to best implement the WIPO Copyright Treaty, Google has joined with a number of other Canadian and international companies who have a shared vision of balanced copyright. The Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright has issued a two-page position paper calling for a ‘balanced ‘package’ approach for a strong Canadian copyright regime.'”

Feb 13, 2008, Michael Geist: “Canadian DMCA on Hold?

Stay tuned….

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