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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: Zoolook
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:24 -0000
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On 06/10/2010 08:21, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
Hi, Ben!

In gnu.misc.discuss Ben Pfaff<>  wrote:
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

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.

Hey, I write free software too.  :-)  I also don't download music or
films (apart from very occasionally non-copyright recordings).

Why shouldn't we get a bit from an Internet fee?  Probably because the
system would be swiftly subverted by some firm like Oracle or Microsoft,
and we'd all end up paying them.  Maybe.  I do think your question is a
genuine one, not just a rhetorical one.

Surely the question should be "Why should posting something I write entitle me to a fee even if no-one downloads/watches it"

There has to be, as in any job, a payment for services rendered... so why not just sell it in the first place!

Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.

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