“Broadband makes the internet essentially the new broadcaster. This is the point which is being missed. Usage should have a value. Someone who just checks email uses minimal bandwidth, but someone who downloads 1 gig per day uses way more, but at the moment they pay the same. It is clear which user is hitting the creative industries and it is clear which user is not, so for this reason, usage should also be priced accordingly. The end result will be a taxed, monitored ISP (internet service provider) based on usage which will ensure both the freedom of the consumer and the rights of the artists.”
– Matt Bellamy, brains of the band Muse, in an email to Lily Allen
Bellamy speaks out against piracy and proposes inflating the cost of internet based on usage. His proposal assumes that illegal downloading is the only cause behind heavy usage. He also insists that ISPs pay a tax to copyright owners, comparing it to radio stations playing music.