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Jason Levine
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join:2001-07-13
USA

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Piracy Tax

If the RIAA gets a $5-10 piracy tax enacted onto ISP bills, look for the MPAA to jump on board followed by the BSA other content-provider organizations. Pretty soon, your ISP bill will double or triple in price because you are paying for piracy that you may or may not do.

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.
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wifi4milez
Big Russ, 1918 to 2008. Rest in Peace

join:2004-08-07
New York, NY
said by Jason Levine:

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.
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.

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.
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ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL
reply to Jason Levine
You'd better believe it! And you can also be assured that people will start to state that, if they're forced to pay a "piracy tax", then downloading is now fine. Then the RIAA/MPAA, etc. will speak up and say it is still illegal, but they still feel people should be forced to pay this "tax". And if they think people hate them now, they ain't seen nothing yet. It's one thing to hate the RIAA in an abstract way because of their dealings with other people, but if people realize that they're taking money out of their pockets every month, they're going to hate them on a close personal level.


rcdailey
Dragoonfly
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join:2005-03-29
Rialto, CA
reply to Jason Levine
I recall when they added a small amount to the price of blank audio cassettes in order to cover the losses due to copying albums onto cassettes. Never mind that the quality of the copies made that way was inferior, the money was paid by everyone. I think they could probably get away with adding a $1 to $2 fee per month on everyone, but more than that would wipe out any download service that charged.


Jason Levine
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join:2001-07-13
USA

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The problem with an ISP tax versus a cassette tax is that your ISP connection could be used for things completely unrelated to music. Sure, a cassette could be used to record your child counting to 10 for the first time, but at least it was audio-based.

With your ISP connection you can read e-mail, view web pages, take place in discussions, post photos, play games, etc. You can spend months online with your PC muted without any major loss in functionality. (YouTube's value would be much reduced but most online services don't count on audio.)

In fact, a mandatory ISP tax would force deaf people to pay for music that they couldn't listen if they wanted to. How is a deaf person supposed to "earn" their Music Piracy Fee?


dadkins
Can you do Blu?
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join:2003-09-26
Hercules, CA
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said by Jason Levine:

How is a deaf person supposed to "earn" their Music Piracy Fee?
Maybe with a couple thousand WATTs and just *feel* the noize.


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grcore
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join:2003-12-06
usa
Couple thousand watts? nah..

Just get an OhMiBod »www.ohmibod.com

Kearnstd
Space Elf
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join:2002-01-22
Mullica Hill, NJ
kudos:1
reply to dadkins
said by dadkins:

said by Jason Levine:

How is a deaf person supposed to "earn" their Music Piracy Fee?
Maybe with a couple thousand WATTs and just *feel* the noize.


im guessing they would need an Amp that goes to Eleven?
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