More on Free Copying and Levies

Michael Geist has reported briefly on the defense by SAC of its proposal for an internet levy to compensate copyright holders for legalization of file sharing. But what I really want to link to is the first comment following Michael’s report which I believe does a good job of making the case against such levies. I am also glad to see that Ariel Katz seems at least to be aware of some of the very real concerns. This is a point on which Geist sometimes seem to be blinded by his admirable desire to provide a system with full and free flow of information and content. The goal of giving people true ownership of what they purchase is a good one, but having that ownership paid for by granting Letters of Marque for extortion from uninterested third parties is NOT a fair solution.

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