I’m sorry if I got on the offensive. I’ve just had this long argument with a lot of copyright defenders back and forth over and over again. I think it comes down to this: You’re not selling the song you’re selling a service. Music is no longer product, it never was product. Remember back in the day before we had recorded audio? Before tape decks and records when people actually learned to play instruments and sang songs to one another? No one quibbled over copyright back then. They just learned each others songs and went out and played them. I really think we’re returning to something like that only in a digital format. Downloading, mixing, remixing, creating new content and distributing all on the fly. Asking someone to buy your music per song or per album is outdated. What you should be asking is for them to buy YOU. Set up your own stream and have them pay for access, or for high quality access, to you performing your latest hits and commentary. Music is a SERVICE it is not a PRODUCT. Take requests, write songs for people, do parodies, mention people that inspire your songwriting, do twists in your songs and mention people’s names or places as you’re singing to personalize the performance and in general develop a relationship with your audience. But if it’s just recorded audio? No that should be free. Recorded audio is impersonal and can be copied a million times, it’s valueless. I can take a file and copy it with a click of a button. I’m not paying for artificial scarcity. What you’re proposing is creating artificial scarcity using code and no I don’t support that one bit.
Another option might be just uploading the raw notes and lyrics to your song and letting people download it. Assume people are going to download it. Assume people are going to copy it, remix, create with it, and share it. So give them the source code so to speak. Upload the notes and lyrics then let them download and play the music, help them even, like have your version of the song but show them how to play it and create their own version. Then count how many people download it. And then set up a system that pays artists based on how many times their source documents were downloaded and/or remixes based on those source documents were uploaded. It’s a lot easier to track a musical score or a set of lyrics than a filename. Also people would be less liable to hide if they knew they wouldn’t be penalized for sharing. To be a member of this group you have subscription fees or something. Flat rate in safecoin. Instead of paying $10 for a cd you pay $10 for access to a whole archive of artists and their music. Millions of people sign up. You get a lot of coinage that way and distribute via who gets how many downloads and uploads people get. It’s just a thought.