Valleywag: Record companies, it’s finally time for the Creative Commons license
Eric Steuer, September 20th, 2006
Practically every online downloading system already comes with a Digital Rights Management lock that limits its use. That same technology could mark music as “pre-approved for performance” — a song that users can play with, dance to, re-record, and post to the Internet with impunity. YouTube could check for a simple key, much easier than whatever magic copyrighted-music-recognizer YouTube has up its sleeve.