Fill your (three) boots with free music on the Isle of Man
Aside from each resident having three legs and therefore a decidedly unfair advantage in international athletics, the Isle of Man has also achieved 100 per cent broadband penetration. It doesn't matter where you live, if you want a cheeky high-speed internet connection, you can have it.
That's not so say that every one of the (roughly) 80,058 inhabitants has a broadband connection, but that still hasn't stopped a local government minister proposing the creation of a compulsory music licence, not unlike our TV licence.
It'd mean that anyone on the island could download as much music as they wanted, direct from music labels. It throws up all manner of quandaries; any downloads would almost certainly have to include DRM, otherwise they could be pumped through the big fat pipes running on the sea beds and copied by anybody, anywhere. But minister Ron Berry's concern is that piracy will occur regardless, and where broadband is so readily available then a new distribution model could and should be attempted.
"Had the music industry embraced [Napster the first time]," said Berry, "we'd have a very different medium today."