Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday May 01, 2013

Music Rights Group Sues ISPs Over "Pirate Tax"

Demanding ISPs pay a 3.4% pirate tax? I've heard of some cockamamie ideas before but this one seriously takes the cake. eek!

SABAM argues that authors should be paid for any "public broadcast" of a song. Pirated downloads and streams on the Internet are such public broadcasts according to the group, and they are therefore entitled to proper compensation. "The ISPs make profits by offering Internet subscriptions through which movies and music can be downloaded and thus need to pay royalties," SABAM states in a comment on the case.