I’m working on this resolution to be discussed and voted on at the upcoming annual general member meeting (as far as I know, no date has been set yet, but it’s usually towards the end of the year).
Resolution text is here.
I’ve copied it below, but if there’s edits, the cryptpad will be source of truth though I’ll try to keep this text up to date!
Resolution to allow artists to set prices to buy content
Artist - Anyone who uploads content and owns the rights to said content on Resonate
Album - A combination of tracks stored as a trackgroup in our database, as determined by the artist. Not the same as playlists.
WHEREAS Resonate aims to empower artists on their own terms;
WHEREAS Platforms, technology companies, and corporations should not dictate the terms of distribution;
WHEREAS The current stream2own model makes it very expensive for a user to buy an album of many short songs;
WHEREAS The current stream2own model provides very little income for artists with albums with a few long songs;
WHEREAS Services like Bandcamp charge a 15% fee on digital purchases;
THEREFORE Let it be resolved that Resonate will allow artists to set a price for purchase of albums, alongside current purchase options;
THEREFORE Let it be resolved that a purchased album will mark all tracks on the album as purchased;
THEREFORE Let it be resolved that Resonate will not take more than a 15% cut for album purchases.
One caveat to this resolution is that if a member sets a price for an album, and it’s higher than what the album would cost if a user streamed it through stream2own, then they could “hack” the system by just listening to each track 9 times. I don’t think there’s a “fix” for this hack, and I’m not sure that it needs to be within the purview of this resolution to have such a fix. I just want artists to ask for a price and people to be able to pay that price.
I’m curious to hear people’s thoughts!