That’s a p2pnet Reader’s Write in response to a suggestion by Schwartz, president of the Songwriters Association of Canada, who thinks it’d be a great idea for Canadians to have a monthly tax (he calls it a ‘license’) of $10 tacked onto their ISP bills.
Not that the idea is anything new. It’s been proposed before in various formats, one of the principal objections to it (apart from the obvious) being: why should people who aren’t interested in music downloads subsidise those who are?
The $10 a month “license” would mean “holders” could download as much music as they wanted “without fear of legal reprisal”.
But Duh — as p2pnet pointed out on Saturday, Canadians can do that already, as long as their downloads are for personal use only.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Schwartz even claims he’s “already approached several Internet service providers — the private firms that would collect the fees on behalf of copyright collectives — and hopes to begin trial runs of the licences by the end of the year”.
But, says the p2pnet reader, how about this? >>>
Instead of forcing a $10 fee on all internet users via ISP’s, including users who don’t download at all (which obviously isn’t fair), why not instead create a web page where people have the OPTION of signing up for ‘protection’?
All the different copyright based industries can do this, with the average joe getting to choose which ones they’re willing to pay for based on their own internet usage. This is really the only options that is fair to everyone.
Those that don’t pay will be fair game for law enforcement should they be caught, while those that pay will be protected. Best of all, the various industries get to FAIRLY monetize something that they weren’t previously.
Start at a price most folks would be willing to hand their credit card details over for, then once everyone has become accustomed to how great it is to download without worries, jack the price up on them.
Everybody wins and nobody wins all at the same time, exactly the way the universe likes to see things run.
PS: Don’t wait too long to jump on this idea. As I’m sure you’re aware, your time is limited. You do not have forever to come up with a solution to the so called “piracy” problem. Unless, of course, you’re lying about your particular industry being in its death throes.
Personally I feel that if you keep trying to greedily force all the people of the world to jump onto your bandwagon, as you’ve repeatedly attempted up until now, you will fail miserably just as you always have. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.
If and when you fall, it will have been greed, not piracy, that bought about your demise, something I have no doubt the history books of the distant future will say on the matter.
“Have fun thinking on that while you ponder how to get ISP’s and the government to back another of your silly scatterbrained ideas”, adds the reader.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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