The purpose of this project was to find a way to incorporate the best options from multiple avenues to deal with the P2P filesharing problem in the music industry. I have explored and described many sources that all offer differing opinions on the severity of the problem and what can and should be done to fix it, but I think that a compromise between a few of the more feasible options is the best way to tackle this. I propose a stop to the targeting and shutdown of illegal music sharing sites and applications, both because it quells innovation and because it’s obviously not working. It has been over a decade since Napster was launched, and the backlash against the government for shutting down sites has only intensified since then (see: The Pirate Bay). Rather than fighting them, I think that the music industry and the US Copyright Office needs to support these services in becoming legitimate by offering them support in the form of music licensing agreements. Trust has to go both ways, and these great services need the music industry in order to offer the range of services their consumers want, and the music industry needs the pool of users these applications have in order to stop losing money. This deal could also be forged so that the illegal sharing services are given the rights to any advertising on the site in exchange for paying royalties to the copyright holders. While these sites will lose money, the lure of having the ability to host whatever you want on a site without fear of legal action will draw more consumers and increase the advertising revenue. Obviously this is all in the hope that the illegal filesharing sites will form the same kind of mutually beneficial bond with the movie and literature industries as well. Under this model, the sharing sites receive enough money from advertising to stay in business (when they would’ve been shut down in any other universe) and the music copyright holders receive their royalties from a portion of the advertising revenue. Additionally, the music industry should be involved in encouraging new start-up sites and applications that offer a wide variety of services and are willing to abide by all copyright restrictions, similarly to iTunes. These new companies should offer iPod-compatible mobile and desktop streaming as well as download options, packaged with obstacles to illegal sharing. But those shouldn’t even be necessary if the prices are reasonable enough and the previously illegal sites are paying royalties to stay up anyway. These new third-party servers shouldn’t make money from the actual music sales, again similarly to iTunes, but the revenue from the free traffic due to the availability of the product should be enough to keep them afloat. The biggest issue here is that innovation in these services could be slowed because they would become less of a lucrative business to enter, leading to control of the industry by a few big partners. Although, this is better than the current market, where the only real competition for iTunes is the up-and-coming Spotify, and even they offer completely different services for totally different prices. In order to push down the prices of individual tracks even further, I would suggest bringing ISPs into the fold and offering them the option to bundle music licensing with their traditional packages. Of course, consumers would still be paying the same amount of money, but the distribution of where the money comes from is likely to appease them better than a larger up-front cost. Additionally, this adds another level of competition to the ISP industry and the addition of another player to the entire argument is always beneficial to the flow of ideas and innovation. For consumers who want to use music they have bought for a small-scale (definition to be determined) commercial use, I would suggest bringing the model of the EFF into play. For a monthly fee, consumers would be able to use the music for certain purposes, at a cost much lower than is currently in place, without fear of legal action, and the artists again get exposure with due payment for their work. In the case of independent music producers, another layer of consideration has to be added. In the start-up services, I would suggest that special lower price deals be set in addition to limited free promotion (in the form of multiple page redirects or larger fonts or the like) so that the artists receive more exposure and consumers get even cheaper music. It really is all about compromise between the industry and the service providers, and I think that when we stop attacking and start talking between the multiple facets of this argument, we’re actually going to get somewhere, stop crushing innovation, and everyone will get paid what they should.