How to resolve online piracy forever
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, hulu.com, 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.