Venture for a Legal P2P Fails

Venture for a Legal P2P Fails


An attempt to make music file sharing as legal has stumbled. Choruss, the project’s name, has failed to successfully legalize music file sharing in colleges and homes. As its founder, Jim Griffin, puts it, “I blew it.”

Choruss had its humble beginnings as a project in Warner Music. The project would make file sharing a paid-for service. This was a response to growing concerns of various universities over the Recording Industry Association of America or RIAA litigations that targeted students. Choruss also had the support of various giants in the music industry.

Griffin has been an advocate for a licensing approach when it comes to digital music. He said that if technological advances make it hard to enforce copyrights, then it would be a good idea to collectively license the works. He cited as an example what publishers and radio stations do, wherein there will be a fee every time the music is played or a book is sold. Holders of the rights could walk away from negotiations if they so choose.

Napster, which had the same concept, didn’t make it due to various lawsuits that came from the music industry. The idea behind it was to make everything legal by making file sharing a subscription service.

Just like Napster, Choruss was not able to make it through and ended as a failure. Griffin blamed the songwriters for not backing Choruss up.