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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war


From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:04 -0000
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Hi, Ben!

In gnu.misc.discuss Ben Pfaff <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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.

Hey, I write free software too.  :-)  I also don't download music or
films (apart from very occasionally non-copyright recordings).

Why shouldn't we get a bit from an Internet fee?  Probably because the
system would be swiftly subverted by some firm like Oracle or Microsoft,
and we'd all end up paying them.  Maybe.  I do think your question is a
genuine one, not just a rhetorical one.

-- 
Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).



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