Posted by Evilwig
Can you name one person who never downloaded music off the internet.
I think that it's a valid proposition, music distribution need to setup a new distribution process. I don't want to buy full album and l don't to have to store a cd too...
Probably not. However, I went for years without downloading music off the net. After Napster went South I didn't download any thing.
That being said, here are some of the problems with the proposition (some mentioned in the article)
1) ISPs might take a hit because they will be charging at least 10% more a month for all of their customers. Do they dexerve to lose business because the music industry is? I don't think so. Another issue is bandwidth. I see a huge increase in bandwidth (for spite maybe) if this went into effect. Again, I don't think the ISPs should have to deal with that.
The situation would be different if Rogers was losing money in cable because people are downloading TV programs, and the off loaded the loss to their cable internet subscribers.
2) I think fewer people download ("illegal") music than you realize. Most of the people I talk to use the current Itunes (like) companies to buy their music online. That being said, a lot of people will be paying for other people's actions.
3) IMO, downloading music off the net is still a grey region issue regarding legalities. I think the only thing that makes it truely illegal is if you and the person that bought the CD listen to the CD/song simultaneously. This gets more likely when people distribute music openly on the net, but sharing music with a few friends (where one person has bought the music) is not a big deal. That being said, this is almost like Canadapost raising their shipping charges because friends are mailing CDs to each other to lend out music.
4) ISPs will have to act as the middle man and they shouldn't. They are not the music police or even related to the music industry.
5) This only puts a few bucks back into the pockets of the music industry and it will only encourage online sharing. That seems kind of counter productive to their (so called) goal of curbing or eliminating music piracy. However, a cynical look at is that they are acheiving their goal of putting more money in their pockets, which is what they really care about.
The bottom line IMO, is that it's the music industries responsibility to take care of this. They need to be one step ahead of everyone else. I thought things like Itunes was a step in the right direction, but they need to keep going. Personally I think they should eliminate CD sales altogether and stick to digital media and vinyl (for DJ mixing).
As for insurance -
Insurance companies need to keep up with the times too and start insuring digital data where there is credible evidence that it was paid for. This should not be difficult to provide by the companies that sell you the music. They need records for tax purposes too, so they information is there.