The radical idea of adding a surcharge to the fees that ISPs charge for broadband connectivity as levy for P2P piracy is to be discussed at the SXSW conference according to the wired article here (Surcharge on ISPs).  It is an interesting and brave move, and already has presidents for example the Performing Rights Society (PRS) levy in the UK on venues who play music (just about any public venue), or Canada’s charge for blank media.  The achilles heel to this that I can see is the move could seriously hurt the download what you like for a fixed monthly fee services, whilst the majors mess about with licensing contracts.

 

Hopefully a download of the session will be made available as the arguments for and against this will be very interesting.

 

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