January 29, 2004

MY FRIEND AND SOMETIME COAUTHOR ROB MERGES has a new paper on compulsory licensing and digital media out. I’m somewhat more friendly to the notion of compulsory licensing than Rob is, but since he’s smarter than me, you should probably listen to him. However, I will note that — as I wrote here a while back — the “hassle factor” involved in non-compulsory schemes, and the burden on creative endeavors that it represents, shouldn’t be underestimated.