The coming robot apocalypse
Posted Sep 13, 2012 5:03 UTC (Thu) by eru
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What next? A flat fee for each bit transmitted over the network? A tax on each device able to play content? A flat rate per person and year because we are in principle able to consume content?
That would actually not be too bad, but only if it were combined with a complete ban on introducing any DRM measures or "copyright enforcement robots", and also included a fair way to split the take between the real authors.
RMS made a proposal along these line in the context of DAT tape recorders, which caused similar controversies in early 1990's, because they allowed users to make perfect copies (this was before Internet or CD-R drives became common). See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/dat.html
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