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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:02:04 -0000

Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> "Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
> Pizza in our time
> 23 Sep 2010 11:31 | by Nick Farrell | posted in Software
> Open sauce guru Richard Stallman has called for everyone to get off file
> sharing's case and has come up with some weirdie beardie advice as to
> how the entertainment industry can make money without charging anyone.
> According to IT News, Stallman claimed that artists and musicians were
> "not entitled to" compensation from listeners, but governments could
> introduce a tax to support their work.
> Stallman seems to think that Governments have piles of dosh to give away
> to rock stars.  Arts are usually the first to get the chop in government
> restructuring as "more important things" such as education, health and
> science usually get the dough.
> However Stallman claims that governments could collect taxes and
> distribute resources to authors or artists according to the cube root of
> their popularity so "fairly successful" artists would be adequately
> supported.
> While this sounds all nice and utopian it does mean that recording stars
> will be paid for by the state.  Therefore if they hack off the
> government they would be denied state funding.   A situation where
> Margaret Thatcher would have to support Billy Brag is not really a
> sustainable vision.

"FREE software activist Richard Stallman has proposed taxing internet
connections to offset the impact of internet piracy on artists. 


Current research has shown that the peer-to-peer internet sharing
activity varies from country to country. Film and music produced in the
US has also been shown to account for a larger proportion of pirated
material circulating across the internet.

When asked whether the tax-based system could even these discrepancies,
Mr Stallman suggested countries might form trade treaties to cooperate
on collecting levies.

He did not make clear whether the system could absorb variations in
global currency values."


Uh comic rms.


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