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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war


From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:03 -0000
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Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:

> In gnu.misc.discuss Ben Pfaff <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:
>>> How about approach 2A: allow free copying of music and films, but instead
>>> of paying artists out of taxes, they get paid by a levy on high speed
>>> internet lines.  A levy of, say $50 a year, or $100 a year could provide
>>> handsome income to musicians and film-makers.  There are obviously
>>> difficult practical issues to sort out, but given how badly copyright now
>>> misworks the levy would probably work better.
>
>> I don't download music or films (legally or illegally).  Why
>> should I pay such a fee?
>
> To support your country's musicians and film makers.

I write free software in my spare time.  Why not require ISP
users to pay a fee to support me, too?  It wouldn't have to be a
lot of money per person, as long as everyone with an Internet
connection was required to pay me.
-- 
Ben Pfaff 
http://benpfaff.org


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