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How They Killed the Internet: Part I

The UK has disclosed a working document that calls for anyone caught downloading files illegally will have their internet cut off. Story here.
This is how it ends. This is how they’ll kill the internet.

Let’s face it: traditional media publishers (TV, print) are not big fans of the internet because it’s wreaking havoc on their bottom line. Content and, more importantly, using the illegal use of content as a central excuse, will be how they kill the internet.

In a few years, expect life online to be a bunch of dull ‘push only’ shows and crap that has no soul, no value and provides no tangible excitement for users.

Please say no to this nonsense.

Say No to the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) Proposal for Downloading

Here’s a proposal from the Songwriters Association of Canada as it relates to recouping some of the losses they’re experiencing with internet downloads:
http://www.songwriters.ca/studio/proposal.php

The proposal is this: charge $5 per internet account per month. Based on the level of service across the industry, I’m going to guess that that would work out to the following:
$5 x 12 months = $60 per internet consumer
# of internet consumers in Canada = approx. 17 million
17 million x $60 per year = $1 billion / year

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS.

Judging by the links provided on the SAC site, the SAC looks like a bit of a mouth-piece for the music industry, which is in effect, the big 5 media companies that own most of anything related to pop culture produced in the 20th century.

With that kind of backing, consumers in Canada must be aware that this tax (and it is a tax) should not be allowed or acceptable.

If this kind of nonsense becomes law in Canada, it’s a shifty backdoor on a whole pile of ugliness for other industries, including TV, movies, the video my cousin posted on YouTube of him getting bashed in the nuts with a skateboard and countless karoake versions posted by really drunk college kids. They’re all going to have to have a piece of the action if musicians get theirs.

Within a couple of years, Internet subscribers will be subsidizing every failed digital industry, just when it had a chance to break away from TV and other media. A tax like this will stifle the Internet and these people know it.

They’re hoping for it.

This proposal is about as good a “A Modest Proposal” written by Jonathan Swift almost 300 years ago.


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