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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 16:03:06 -0000
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Ben Pfaff <> writes:

> 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.
> I write free software in my spare time.  Why not require ISP
> users to pay a fee to support me, too?  It wouldn't have to be a
> lot of money per person, as long as everyone with an Internet
> connection was required to pay me.

And those with broadband can pay you more since clearly they are
downloading more of your SW.

I think Mackenzie might be in serious need of some medication if his
incoherent and inconsistent babbling is anything to go by. His self
belief and desire to tax people is somewhat shocking and suggests to me
he needs to get out of his Mom's basement and live in the real world
some more.

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