Brazil considering monetizing P2P file-sharing

As many of you know, we at the Songwriters Association of Canada have been speaking and writing about monetizing music file-sharing in Canada and around the world over the last three years. Now it appears Brazil may well be the first country in the world to adopt a system to monetize music file-sharing. The Brazilian model differs from the current S.A.C. one in at least one aspect. While we have moved away from a “levy” applied to all internet accounts, which seems to be what our South American colleagues are suggesting, we now favor a “license fee” that consumers could opt out of if they did not wish to file-share.

We have said from the early days of our efforts that ultimately this approach must be world-wide, just as the collection and distribution of performing royalties is, and are very happy to see that creators in other countries are actively moving in a remarkably similar direction.

Here is what is a short summery of what is being proposed in Brazil:

Basically, non-commercial file sharing will be authorized – should the proposal be accepted and passed into law. Each broadband user will pay a  R$3 (or US$1.71) fee  together with her/his monthly Internet Service Provider (ISP) bill. The ISP will collect the fees and distribute it to a collecting society comprised of authors’ associations that will then distribute the collected fees to authors, composers, and so on in the proportion that the works are downloaded.

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3 thoughts on “Brazil considering monetizing P2P file-sharing

  1. My question is this – how do you handle when a digital product is a movie? a pdf with a book? a rip of an audio course worth $2000 etc.. yes this is a songwriter’s org – but digital is digital – a file is a file – so it might be worth addressing.

    If this is authorized for songs – then wouldn’t that mean that ANYTHING digital that is shared “illegally”should be compensated in a similar fashion?

    I’m all for people being compensated – and against files being shared against the owner’s permission. Will it also be judged by the market value of the files as well plus frequency of download?

    Just a few thoughts


    1. eddie schwartz

      Thanks for the comment Randy. Different types of content are already being monetized in different ways in the digital realm. For example, Netflix in the US (and soon in Canada) has been an enormous success and allows streaming of 10s of thousands of high definition movies for $9.00 a month. Books have the Kindle, iPad and numerous other digital “readers”. Digital sales already exceed physical book sales at The music industry has failed to develop these kinds of new models and so we as creators must take a proactive approach in our view.

      That said, if other types of content wish to look at this model then consumers will have various options for non-commercial sharing, and creators and rights holders will be compensated.




  2. Gare Black

    Like a conscript army,consumers should be thrown into a studio with only 3 hours sleep the night before ,anxiety driven, trying to stay focused on performing their song idea (every ones got a song in them).They would be charged for that hour…that’s right they get an hour that’s it!! That funding would go to a charity uhmm – songwriters pension?After you create a meal in your home do you let some one walk in and eat it.Then by whatever magical chance the song becomes famous they would have to accept it’s free to all.What am I getting at?Education – song lovers ,consumers whatever we want to call us need to realize and be made aware how the gluttony of uncompensated sharing effects us.Thanks for educating me – how can we do more awareness?



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