Is the Napster era dead? Too soon to ask questions like that.
The thing is, if it starts actually costing the ISPs money, how long and how much money will it take before the ISPs realize that the spoiled brats aka RIAA and MPAA are causing them to lose money, and all because the RIAA and the MPAA refuse to offer their stupid products in a manner the public will accept?
If the free wifi scene dies due to it just not being viably safe, then it will discourage customers to go there. Now, will it matter if some free wifi using customers stop going? How much revenue do you get from free wifi using customers?
How many people on your service will ditch you if you expect them to pay for a service that isn't serving? Because if tomorrow I found my ISP had effectively billed me the usual price, but the service was suddenly essentially not arriving, it would be bye bye ISP, not me submitting to their decision to hassle me on behalf of the spoiled brats RIAA and MPAA.
We all know, you can't really tell if it was ME that made that download. It's like being accused of any crime, with no proof you committed the crime. Society is not going to settle for this. Their WILL be a reaction.
I have spoken of my thoughts on cable by stopping using cable. They expect me to pay too much, to get services I didn't want, along with telling me what I could watch and when I had to watch it. Nope, I am not addicted to sports and thus, cable is worthless shit service. I likely would not mind it for free of course.
I like Netflix. It's what I want, when I want it. The price was acceptable. I used to download all sorts of video media, I just don't need to now any more. The only reason to download video now, is if you have a particular obsession with a particular title you simply can't locate otherwise. I sure don't use downloading as a means to get the latest couldn't care less about it music and equally lame recent movies.