DC-Choppah wrote:It is not a fingerprinting problem. You can id the song correctly, but you can't correctly establish its copyright protection status.
The reason it is impossible, is because the creator has the power to determine the copyright and the technology can't read his mind.
Good point - the algorithm can take (as it does) the most conservative approach - that unless a license is explicitly given in some form available to it, the creator needs to be contacted. Given publishing databases, already today it could be possible to even forward an automatic request automatically. Already today - as a publisher - you can automate license granting if you so wish. Every publisher (or artist if it's publishing himself) takes that decision and can change at will.
The MLC will improve this situation for those that want to give a production the right to use their work. https://www.themlc.com/
This is the new US copyright system that will go into effect soon. Everyone should be registering their music with the MLC. This will solve the current problem where productions are asking us to hold professional insurance in case someone claims that our music is theirs. Again, the productions currently have no way to insure that your music has a valid copyright for them to use. So they push the liability down to you. So we have to have professional insurance (many are asking for that). The MLC should reduce that need at least, and it is a modern digital system. I hope it works out. It should allow you to prove that you own the copyright to the music you give to the production. It should help those who WANT to give someone the copyright.
Cool initiative, I'll have to read! Dont know much about it. Thanks!
But the problem will remain with music that is not on the MLC. There is no way for the software to determine the intent of the artist. Therefore, it must be assumed that the material cannot be copied. No valid copyright, you can' t copy. No more excuses. No more just checking a little box that says 'it's mine' on the way in.
I'm not sure I fully understand of the concrete cases you're thinking of here?