This article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/22/judge_forbids_illegal_rights_license got me thinking today about physical cd production license rights.
(actually if you want to know the truth I've actually been thinking about this topic since this article http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/06/prince-sues-to.html?prince).
If a "country based" publishing licensing authority has the rights to license the "production of music" at a particular rate, like the Russian Music Federation did with AllOfMP3.com (background links here http://www.allofmp3.ru/press.shtml)
What is to stop a country like Fiji or Argentina becoming the worlds leading cd production center based on cheaper favourable license costs?
Eg I set up production in Argentina, i press all my cd's there and pay the statutory authority the 'legal going rate' which they then pass along to the approrpaite country representative of the artist.
I set up a website hosted in that country and then sell my cd's for shipping globally.
All while doing so legally, but at a much reduced cost base? Law of viral economics and search engines will take care of marketing (hell i can just auto upload onto ebay as a distribution method).
Am i missing something?