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Monday, March 31, 2008

Warner Proposes $5/Month "Music Tax" for MP3 Downloads

Warner_music_logoWarner Music Group has proposed a $5/month music tax to be charged by ISPs for 24-hour access to high-quality music downloads:

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One possibility for whom? I do not download music, yet you want to tax me for some else's download? That is socialism.

Posted by: Steve | Mar 31, 2008 9:36:48 AM

good idea in principal, but $5 a month, levied world wide ?? I,m thinking not so much compensatory, as profit boosting.

$1 or equivalent, across most of the world, certainly enough, to both compensate and pay for incurred expenses.

Posted by: Fanakapan | Mar 31, 2008 2:57:47 PM

So in other words, they're socialists.

Posted by: LTodd | Mar 31, 2008 11:11:36 PM

Horrible idea. No principle behind it. No one owns the net.

Posted by: Yogi | Mar 31, 2008 11:21:54 PM

If you would have actually read the link when you sign up for internet access yo have the option of paying the tax or not. I still don't agree with the plan but if you don't download music you won't be charged anything.

Posted by: Ben | Apr 1, 2008 2:43:19 AM

So who gets the money. I bet not the artists.

Posted by: steve | Apr 1, 2008 8:43:49 AM