Wednesday, May 17, 2006

[INTERVIEW] Paul Hoffert on the Digital Media Exchange and More

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School is home to approximately thirty fellows, all of whom focus their time and energy on issues concerning the Internet, including Internet governance, privacy concerns, intellectual property rights, competition policy and antitrust issues, electronic commerce, the role of new media and journalism proper, and digital media, among many others.Paul Hoffert (from the band Lighthouse) is Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Chair of the Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers, faculty fellow at Harvard University, Fine Arts Professor at York University, and a Board Director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, and the SOCAN Foundation. HERE is an interesting link to a Q&A with Paul about his work with the Digital Media Exchange (DMX) project - a legal non-profit Peer-to-Peer on-line service."....DMX royalty payments are based on a formula that incorporates several royalty distribution schemes, such as number of downloads; number of plays (experiences); a novelty bonus for recently added works; number of copies made to fixed and removable media and devices; availability of works for derivations; and royalties linked directly to individual subscriber payments and consumption. The weighting of each of these terms will be adjusted from time to time by the DMX governing council..."

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