It will come as absolutely no surprise to MTP readers that Choruss is no more. Why? Inexplicably, because its founder says he underestimated the complexity of changing everything about the way the world’s artists and songwriters choose to be compensated. Also apparently underestimated the complexity of file identification for the world’s music.
And who is the culprit in all this? The songwriters. Of course. Blame the songwriters, the one group whose rights are routinely ignored, the one group for which there is already a compulsory license available to lawfully use their works. Just not the compulsory license that Choruss wants.
No, what we need is a new compulsory license to legislate the Choruss business model, according to its founders.
So that new compulsory license can be ignored just like the current one.
And oh, by the way–legislating a compulsory license is a country-by-country process just to avoid wasting a bunch of time again. Unless, of course, we are being told to ignore the nation-state.
Here’s the truth–the reason that failure stalks the business models of Choruss, the Songwriters Association of Canada, the EFF, global licensing in France, and whatever in the world they are trying to do in the Isle of Man (which I still don’t understand) is not because the licensing the rights is so hard, it’s not, I’ve done it.
It’s because the deal stinks.
And here’s a newsflash–if you walk around with a stinky deal, do not be surprised if people say your deal stinks. And they’d rather take their chances that the digital society will come to live within the law rather than take your stinky deal.
But do not blame the songwriters.
See also: Great News Sultan: Part 2
See also: The Near Future of Online Licensing