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January 28, 2006

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HenkZw

I like this idea of rights for users instead of for providers. Of course
there are some technical hurdles, limiting users's rigths is easier.
But I have a couple of questions where this should fit in.

- Should DRAT allow you to sell the music you bought ? Or give it away ?
Or share it with people at a party (like a DJ) ?
And if you sold it, would you expect to be able to still play the music for yourself ?
- If the format you bought is expanded (better Q, Video,...), would you expect
to have rights on that ?

Creative commons is a nice idea. But not one for greedy providers.

Gary Wisniewski

Of course, DRAT is fiction right now. So, I consider this a "specification wish list". But, here's what I think:

** Should DRAT allow you to sell the music you bought ? Or give it away? Or share it with people at a party (like a DJ) ?

DRAT should allow you to transfer your music to whomever you authorize. So, you can sell it, or give it away, just like you can with CDs you buy or tracks your rip. You can play it at a party, too.

DRAT needs some ingenious way, however, to make sure you give it only to people you TRUST. That's important. DRAT should discourage you from giving away your music anonymously. For example, let's say that if you give somebody else your music, it decreases your "discount bonus". Further, let's say that if you have low discount bonus, you get better prices on your music. The more you buy for yourself, the cheaper it is. That means anybody that publishes their tracks on a P2P service will take a huge hit on their discount bonus, and they'll end up never getting discounts. What's needed is some kind of "positive effect" you get by being respectful of music owner's rights rather than a punishment or limit.

** If the format you bought is expanded (better Q, Video,...), would you expect to have rights on that ?

That depends on the publisher, just like it does now. Buying Star Wars doesn't give you the automatic rights to one of the countless deluxe editions that they keep publishing. I do think it's legitimate to make people buy things again if the quality improves significantly. But, DRAT should guarantee you that you can at least get an exact copy of what is yours if you lose it, anytime, anywhere. Better publishers will give better deals, just like some stores have better customer service than others.

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