It’s not the ‘Popcorn Time for Music’ but it does use BitTorrent. It doesn’t need licenses because it’s all APIs. And it won’t pay artists because that part comes later. Make sense? Here’s Aurous founder Andrew Sampson, in a recent interview with Billboard…
Billboard: How will [Aurous] pay rights holders? Are you planning on securing licensing deals?
Sampson: Not at this moment… We don’t plan on going after licensing deals, we use those third party APIs, so we would just be re-licensing that data.
Billboard: If you were to receive a cease-and-desist, what would your reaction be?
Sampson: Ignore it. If someone asked us to shut down our service over one song, we wouldn’t. If someone were to approach us about a pre-release album being available, we would be obliged to help them remove that.
Billboard: Music Messenger used publicly available APIs following a significant investment — and is no longer available.
Sampson: To that I have to say: Major labels need to adopt to new standards. They are free to use our content identification system, when it’s released…
The complete interview is here.
Top image isn’t actually Andrew Sampson, just some guy flipping somebody off. Shot by Gregg O’Connell, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0)