Denmark is always at the vanguard of new trends and if you are into free music Denmark is the place to be, though you won't have to wait all that long for this trend to cross the Atlantic. In the battle to win broadband customers, TDC (formerly TeleDanmark), has signed deals with major recording companies to provide free access to MP3 files over its network. In a way, all that TDC is doing is paying the music companies a volume royalty on their music portfolios - just like radio stations do today to BMI and ASCAP, as intermediaries to the recording industry.
But of course, by selling music for broadcast royalties, TDC is not equating broadband to radio. Rather they are shrewdly taking advantage of a reality the music industry is just acknowledging - the price of music data people are willing to pay today is next to nil when it is infinitely redundant, of consistent quality, and immediately available.
If you can read Danish, have a look, though I doubt you will have to wait too terribly long to discover an ISP in your neighborhood making the same announcement in your native language...
The Value(lessness) of Music (in Denmark)
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