Just one of the 1,736 things that are wrong with the idea being put forth by the music industry that everyone should pay a monthly surcharge on the Internet that would then be paid to the artists go to line music industry coffers is that it would create a precedent I don’t think anyone really wants to.

If the music industry can create a private industry tax on all Internet users then next it will be the movie industry. Then it will be book publishers taxing everyone with a library card. It will just go on and on.

In the face of failing business models the idea is to come up with a better one. Not devise a plan that’s almost singularly focused on punishment of the entire population.

You can read Mike Arrington’s posts on this ludicrous notion here and here.