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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 16:02:54 -0000
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Alan Mackenzie <> writes:

> In gnu.misc.discuss Ben Pfaff <> 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
>>> 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.
>> I don't download music or films (legally or illegally).  Why
>> should I pay such a fee?
> To support your country's musicians and film makers.  It might seem a bit
> (or even a lot) unfair, but it's not all that much money.  Would you

So now you are telling people what is and isnt a lot of money while also
railing against people actually PAYING for products they want?

> rather that general taxes be used to support them (as others have
> suggested), or that the current "system" continue as it is?

You mean paying for what you want? Err, yes. I certainly dont want YOU
telling me I have to pay taxes for thing I dont want because you are too
tight to pay for them.

> I do understand the objection; in Germany, I'm required to pay for a
> radio license on account of possessing a net-connected computer.
> If you're not downloading music or films, do you really need a high
> capacity net link?  Wouldn't a thinner connection do?

And now you're telling people what bandwidth they should have?

It's rare to meet someone so self obsessed and so convinced they have
all the answers.

You should become a benevolent dictator.

In your little world the only reason people need high bandwidth is to
steal music and films?


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