[PD] [LAU] Pipe not working - or is it lame or oggdec

Simon Wise simonzwise at gmail.com
Thu May 5 14:20:34 CEST 2011

On 05/05/11 00:28, Daniel Worth wrote:
> I think as long as people are aware at what point they need to license the
> patent then they should be fine. If you are making $100,000+ a year from my
> music a $2,000 per year fee isn't the end of the world. Likely if you are
> generating that kind of income you can partner with a distributor who pays
> this fee for you and so it isn't actually and issue either way.

Consider a fictional band working here in Australia, trying to get to the point 
they may be able to actually pay themselves more than a bit of beer money, or 
perhaps even interest the distributor mentioned above. 5 musicians, doing some 
live gigs, sometimes touring interstate, paying for someone to mix and the 
travel costs from the fees they are paid before they get to pay themselves. They 
rent a place to rehearse, covering some of that rent by sharing it with other 
bands who pay them when the need it. They have some merchandise and cds they are 
selling at gigs etc, and are using that revenue to pay for studio time and 
someone to record them. To make some live opportunities for themselves they 
organise some events where they hire the venue and pay the technical costs, as 
well as organising several other bands to play, they pay these costs out of the 
door takings, and pay themselves and the other bands a split of what is left.

The band will quite easily be over the $100,000 revenue while they are just 
earning pocket money as actual income for themselves. That $2000 would be much 
more usefully spent paying an engineer to help get a recording done than paying 
for the right to have mp3s on their laptop to play (or send) to someone who may 
be interested in their work.

Mostly such a group chooses the 'pirate' path, but perhaps it's more in their 
interests to use a format that isn't considered illegal here without the $2000 
payment to an organisation who are paying their employees and shareholders much 
more than pocket money.


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