ISP's to charge you £500m to tackle piracy... and Bono agrees!
It seems that no matter what anyone does, piracy on the net is not going to go away. I think it's fair to assume that people like free stuff more than having morals. What did morality do for anyone apart from turn people into pious preachers?
That said, there's a very real problem when it comes to musicians and film makers getting paid for what they do. The entertainment industry is in limbo and doesn't quite know what to do about it all and thus far, has only thought of moaning to governments saying "those people out there! They're bullying us for our dinner money!"
Naturally, governments are shitting hopeless at sorting things like this out. The latest scheme is to suspend the connections of those who repeatedly share music and films online. The actions of the pirates will see all consumers coughing up £500 million.
The Digital Economy Bill would force ISPs to send warning letters to anyone caught flinging copyright material around without permission. As such, these people will see their connection suspended or slowed to the point where they'll feel like they're using a computer in 1996. In real terms, the ISPs reckon consumers will have £25 added to their broadband subscription.
The MPs think that this will all generate £1.7 billion in extra sales for the entertainment industry and, perhaps most tellingly, £350 million in extra VAT for the government.
In The Times, Charles Dunstone, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse (who own TalkTalk) said: “Broadband consumers shouldn’t have to bail out the music industry. If they really think it’s worth spending vast sums of money on these measures then they should be footing the bill; not the consumer.”
Meanwhile, pint-sized U2 warbler Bono, has had a pop at the ISPs for not doing enough to combat illegal filesharing.
In the New York Times, he proposed that the rise of filesharing has hurt musicians and claimed that the only group “this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business”. That's not all though. Get this:
"We know from America's noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China's ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it's perfectly possible to track content," Bono added. So what, he wants us all to get spied on now? The jumped-up little squirt! Why I oughta...
Anyway, this debate is one that's going right down to the copper wire and no-one, as yet, has come up with a solution to it. As ever, it's over to the collective You, dear Bitterwallet readers, to think up the answers for these bozos.
PS: Don't take the image too seriously folks. It's lame joke to try and drag your attention in from the millions of other flashing neon blogs and sites out there.