Friday, May 23, 2014
Can Content Owners Demand High License Fees?
compulsory licenses -- can demand whatever fees they want and they can respond to requests whenever they want (if at all). That's frustrating and explains why people in your position begin their quests as early as possible. It also explains why publishers have shifted the permission burden to their authors. And it also may explain why some content users believe it's better to seek forgiveness than permission (and then deal with the fallout, if any). The latter can be a risky strategy, of course, especially with large well-heeled content owners. But on the other hand, there is also the possibility that the use won't be discovered, or if it is, that you will end up paying a not-unreasonable license fee.