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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:02:44 -0000
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In article <i887an$htk$>, Alan Mackenzie <> 

> In gnu.misc.discuss Tim Smith <> wrote:
> > In article <>,
> > Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
> >> Tim Smith wrote:
> >> [...]
> >> > That leaves the second approach--have the government fund music, and
> >> > make copying free and legal (but probably tracked, so they can determine
> >> > how to allocate funds to artists). It's time to give it a try.
> >> Yeah... welcome back to the Soviet Union. I think in the North Korea
> >> they still do it that way... never heard that North Korea is a paradise
> >> for artists...
> > Can you suggest a third alternative (that is economically sound)?
> 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.

Isn't that essentially a tax?

--Tim Smith

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