Friday, February 06, 2009

Presumed guilty

The UK government has proposed a £20 levy on every household using broadband to help offset the costs of piracy, according to an article at TimesOnline.

What amazes me is that the authorities do not seem to realise that such a levy is counterproductive. If someone has been a pirate, quitting now will not make things any cheaper, but continuing it will. You pay the levy already, so why not make full use of it, right?

The broadband levy is tantamount to a form of collective punishment that will only put more people up against the music industry. If this idea is backed by the music industry, it only shows how far back in time it lives and how stubborn it is about staying there.

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