Last week, in the middle of the TED conference, I had the opportunity to talk to the Westminster eForum about file-sharing, remedies and how to move beyond the UK’s Digital Economy Act. As I’ve worked on this problem and explored what others have proposed as remedies, I am more and more convinced that Rights Registries are part of the solution we need to move to. In a digital networked world where our content moves around in mysterious ways, we need a digital networked solution to mirror and reflect that activity in order to create a new means of managing digital rights in a fluid marketplace.
But this cannot be a wholly owned solution, along the lines proposed by Google. Instead we need authoritative metadata databases that are open to search and open to updates, that are regulated by governments, moderated by authorised boards and not-for-profit. This kind of structure starts to offer significant benefits over our current proprietary closed systems which are hemorrhaging rights owners revenues. I have written a white paper based on my talk last week on the subject, which you can download from here: The Rights Registry 1.5
I’m very interested to hear other people’s thoughts about how we move forward the development of real practical solutions for digital media on the internet, based on going with the flow of consumer behaviour and encouraging all kinds of usage not punishing consumers for what the technology allows them to do.