wifi4milezBig Russ, 1918 to 2008. Rest in Peace
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|reply to Jason Levine |
Re: Piracy Tax
said by Jason Levine:Agreed. I dont pirate now (I use itunes), however if I was forced to pay for the "right" to pirate then it would technically no longer be pirating (it would then be content I was legally entitled to). The first result would be that it would put itunes out of business (so you can bet Apple will fight that tooth and nail), and then as you mention everyone would begin to download tons of content.
I'm not a pirate, but if I'm forced to pay the RIAA $5-10 per month on the off chance that I'd pirate something, then you can bet that I'll start downloading music from P2P groups. This is only going to increase piracy, not decrease it.
If they make people pay, then the entire "pay for content" market will disappear. That would be like giving people free bus passes and then hoping people will (for some reason) still want to pay the fare when they get on.