Stephen Hill of Hearts of Space runs one of the very few enterprises within the larger public media sphere that makes a substantial part of its revenue from web services. He also produced records for many years. In a new essay on his weblog, he suggests that those of us who see the web as a growth area for content delivery should focus on building viable business models rather than obsessing about the recent Copyright Royalty Board rate decision. He writes:
... My point is that if you have rational business model to start with, paying more — even multiples more — for your basic source material is not a major problem. After that, increased rates are likely to be reflected in higher end user prices. To me this is inevitable and desirable, since it means that significant new income streams will go to the musicians and small labels on whom Hearts of Space largely depends. By "significant" I mean capable of sustaining continued activity by those artists and labels. A SoundExchange check that won't buy a pizza dinner for two is not going to do it. ...
Link: Spatial Relations. Must reading for radio types.
Update 17 Apr. 2007:
Please see the comments below -- Israel's first. --Dennis