authors getting paid in an era of digital piracy

Here’s a great article about where the discussion and newest legislation about copyright / digital piracy / collective rights management organizations / author renumeration is going in other countries:
http://www.transmitnow.com/magazine/ecad-brazil-volker-grassmuck-monetizing-file-sharing-p2p-user-freedom-author-remuneration-berkman-center-rethink-music-berklee-music
I note that this trend points to collective rights management organizations [CMOs] for authors — in a similar form to the existing CMOs for musicians — that are independent from the publishing houses. So “indie” (self-publishing) authors would be on the level ground as trade-publisher authors. This is yet another loss of advantage for the publishing houses! The best part of the proposed Google Books settlement, in my opinion, was the set up and funding of a single independent rights agency for all authors…
thanks, cheers,
Bruce

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