The idea is that students would pay royalty fees up front when they pay their tuition, after which they could trade songs ’til the cows come home with no worries that RIAA lawyers will soon come knocking.

And the name for this program? Choruss.

Warner Music digital music consultant Jim Griffin, who backed such a proposal for ISPs and their customers, appears to be behind the Choruss initiative, Wired reports.

Choruss, which would be created as a nonprofit organization, would collect copyright fees from universities and ISPs and distributes payments to copyright holders. Three of the four major labels are on the Choruss bandwagon, with Universal the only holdout, a source told Wired.

So far it looks as if nonprofit technology outfit Educause is taking the all-you-can-swap model to various colleges and universities. Wired reports that schools adopting such a plan could pave the way for ISPs to adopt similar business models, thus opening up legal, no-strings-attached P2P to the masses.

This isn’t the first time such an idea has been proposed. What’s more, the concept of tacking copyright fees onto ISP payments has gained traction in Europe. However, while ISPs and labels promote such a payment method, many publications denounce the idea, calling such charges “music taxes” or “ISP taxes.”

One organization that does favor such a system is the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Considering the EFF has often stood up for those sued by the labels for P2P music piracy, the organization’s backing shows that adding copyright fees to tuition bills or ISP charges may be an idea that has arrived.