From Karl Miller: "...would it be possible, within the guidelines of the
law, for there to be a non-profit organization which would list all of the
musicians/groups/labels that want to opt out of the payment scheme and could
be aired over the net for free?..."
Artists and webcasters are free to make any financial arrangement they wish.
The compulsory license compels artists to allow themselves to be broadcast
without permission provided they get paid the statutory royalty.
When you consider the advance in communication created by internet
technology, the whole idea that there is even the slightest need for a
compulsory license becomes very questionable other than as a power play
intended to force artists to accept compensation that is below market value.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!