Yes, this is a popular idea that has been mooted. The Isle of Man have come
closest to implementing it from what I've heard, however I don't believe it
has gone through:
You've captured one of the main issues with this idea in your first
paragraph: this tends to be discarded as an idea as there is an issue of who
will track the data, and administer the divvying up of costs - and ISPs
aren't exactly leaping to put their hands up. A much simpler and direct
option is for music/film companies just to make their content available
legally online so consumers can go to their online shop and purchase what
they want. Of course, with the internet being a big copying machine, and
copying being so easy, IMHO the cost of this media should be much cheaper so
that the legal alternative is not a prohibitive one for financial reasons.
On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 10:35 PM, johannes contag
On 14/7/09 9:36 PM "ada_list-request(a)list.waikato.ac.nz"
so, perhaps the position to take, and one that
might provoke people to
think and might also catch some news-space, is to tell people that we
dont want copyright at all...
just thinking aloud a thought I had the other night:
how about an overall tax/fee rather than individual copyright payments?
a broadcasting fee for the internet but tailored to usage parameters. might
require some pretty severe, privacy-invading tracking of content though if
the resulting revenue-pie was to be split fairly...
so the idea might be backward-thinking garbage, but I think if there was no
constant pay/steal right/wrong pressure, people's download behaviour would
be much more balanced - i.e. just what they actually want, and not all
series of the wire at once (just in case its a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity). after all, most download-type entertainment is pretty crap,
and that's a lot easier to realise if there's no entry fee associated with
or am I barking up completely the wrong tree?
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