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. 
- Disk sharing
- Ethics of file sharing
- File sharing
- File sharing timeline
- File-sharing program
- Record industry
- ↑ Ghosemajumder, Shuman. Advanced Peer-Based Technology Business Models (PDF file). MIT Sloan School of Management, 2002.
- ↑ Choe, Sungwon Peter. Music Distribution: Technology and the Value of Art in Society Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2006.