How to resolve online piracy forever

Here is finally the best and fairest formula to resolve piracy!
Here is finally the best and fairest formula to resolve piracy!

It has been said that it will be easier to achieve the formula for Middle East Peace than for fairly compensating copyrighted property holders from global piracy. However, recent developments in Internet usage capping could hold the key to finally unraveling this seemingly irresolvable problem.

More and more ISPs are beginning to impose metering limits on their users in order to keep aggressive around the clock downloaders from sucking up bandwidth that should be equally shared by all. Some of the metering levels that have been postulated to date are in the 30 to 60 GB range. That is more than enough for anyone at the current time to perform any function that they could possibly want to do on a PC. 60 GB will allow you to websurf virtually every waking moment, plus download a couple of hour long TV shows every single day.

In and as of itself, this is not an argument for or against piracy as many TV shows are now available perfectly legally through network sites,, and other similar URLs. This is an argument against pointless greed. 300 GB per month equals 10 GB a day which represents 30 hour long TV shows being sucked down the pipe every 24 hours. How would anyone be able to watch them all? Even if you never slept? Yet every month when I and millions of other broadband users pony up the cash to pay for our access, we are subsidizing these serial downloaders who use the size of their hard disks as substitutes for the size of their manhood.

If we truly wanted to definitively resolve the issue for all time, the formula is quite simple. The charges per GB for usage over a legitimate monthly limit should be double what is actually required to pay for providing that bandwidth. The extra 50% should go into a fund to promote new creative talent in music, video, arts and writing. I find it very difficult to shed a tear when some Neanderthal ex-con rapper or silicone-laden jiggle star residing in their palatial 35 bedroom crib in Bel Air does not receive their full royalties due to the piracy of their content. After all, in the famous words of Jack Nicholson in Chinatown: "How many yachts can you waterski behind?"

That is why a fund of this type could pump billions of dollars into locating and nurturing new talent which is currently finding that it is easier to crack into Fort Knox with a plastic pick axe than it is to crack into Hollywood. The media industry is a completely incestuous inbred "insiders club" which places most of the people with the real talent waiting tables and parking cars while the useless twits with the connections and the sheer unadulterated luck suck up millions of dollars in exchange for shallow posing, bad acting, worse singing and continuous rehab visits. As Burt Bacharach wrote:

In a week, maybe two, they'll make you a star

Weeks turn into years. how quick they pass

And all the stars that never were

Are parking cars and pumping gas

The imposition of a charge for extraneous GBs and the creation of a truly effective new talent fund would finally address this historic and tragic inequality.


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mongoose 7 years ago

A usage cap by ISPs not only effects users of illegal (P2p & torrent) downloading programs/sites, but it also effects people who use media streaming set-top boxs (ie. Slingbox, Hava media) and gamers. Online games such as WoW, Halo, and GTA4 are capable of reaching an ISP set cap very quickley, resulting in over use charges. I can say, from personal experiance, that a 60GB monthley cap can be reached in 1-3 weeks of playing GTA4 or Halo for a few days a week, for a couple hours a day

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

The more the reason for GTA4, Halo, and other game programmers to tighten up their transfer quantities. Games are usually very lazily coded and much more data can be stored on the user's HD with only various command and action information being transmitted up and down the net. In the meantime, why should a non gamer like me subsidize your gaming habit of around 40 hours a month (by your estimate)? YOU PLAY YOU PAY. There is no free lunch.

mongoose 7 years ago

Well if we went back to the times of truly unlimited internet (before capping) then everyone would have the right amount of bandwidth. Also most ISPs do not offer unlimited services, or even pakages that would cover a resonable amount of useage, for the cost. Also as stated before it affects other consumers aswell; users of media streaming and remote pc users.

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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Your comments make no sense at all. I'm lucky to use 30GB a month. I know people who use up more than 10x that bandwidth. You DO realize that there is a cost/GB to an ISP? Do you expect them just to EAT that, since massive up/downloaders suck up an inordinate amount of that capacity? YOU PLAY YOU PAY. I'm not subsidizing that nonsense. End of story. :)

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