The Open Music Model is an economic and technological framework for the recording industry proposed in 2003, which suggests that the only viable system for distributing music online is through a DRM-free peer-to-peer file sharing system. It is based on earlier research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The model proposed five necessary and sufficient fundamental requirements for a viable commercial peer-to-peer music distribution network:
- Open File Sharing: users must be free to share files on their hard drives with each other
- Open File Formats: content must be distributed in MP3 and other formats with no DRM restrictions
- Open Membership: copyright holders must be able to freely register to receive payment
- Open Payment: users must be able to access the system using either credit cards or access cards purchasable anonymously in cash from retail stores.
- Open Competition: there must be multiple such systems which can tie into each other’s file sharing databases. It must not be a monopoly through legal design
It was the first model to argue for a $5 per month all-you-can-download subscription fee, a pricing model later introduced by Yahoo! Music in 2005. The research behind the model showed that $5 per month was the optimal price point to maximize user participation as well as revenue.
Criticisms of the model include that it does not address the issue of piracy. 
See also[edit | edit source]
- Disk sharing
- Ethics of file sharing
- File sharing
- File sharing timeline
- File-sharing program
- Record industry