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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: Hadron
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:02:47 -0000
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Alan Mackenzie <> writes:

> In gnu.misc.discuss David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> Alan Mackenzie <> writes:
>>> In gnu.misc.discuss Hadron <> wrote:
>>>> Alan Mackenzie <> 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
>>> The fact is, similar levies have worked well in the past, and they
>>> could work probably better than the current system now.
>> Hm?  What's this about "in the past"?
> Radio and television licenses have worked well.

Except nothing like the case of albums or pc sw/games etc.

>> All countries putting a levy on empty media and copying "contributors"
>> (like hard disks, computers and so on) have distributing schemes in
>> place based on estimates of circulation.  Germany does, and most EC
>> countries likely as well.
>> A nuisance for people who buy computing equipment for computing
>> purposes, or blank media for backups of their own data.
> Last time I bought a pack of DVD+RWs, they cost less than 1 euro per
> disk.  The levy on them truly cannot be anything more than a slight
> nuisance.

LOL. Crazyville!

How about this : you want it? You pay for it. Easy.

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