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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 16:02:45 -0000
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In gnu.misc.discuss Tim Smith <> wrote:
> In article <i887an$htk$>, Alan Mackenzie <> 
> wrote:

>> 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?

It might be, depending on how you view such things.  But it is different
from funding musicians via a general tax:  It is closely linked to the
activity (downloading) it should pay for;  those who object to the tax
can avoid it by having a lower speed connection or none at all;  it is
a large amount of money, which should be less subject to reduction by
government cuts;  since it would be collected by ISPs, it would be
difficult to avoid paying.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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