“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.


One response to “Muse

  1. EyeSeeSound

    Er, I don’t nick stuff, but because i work with video and music I use a lot of bandwidth… so I should be bunging extra to Muse, Lady Gaga etc., even though I don’t interact with them.

    It’s like us having to pay a PRS licence despite 90% of the music on our site not being with the PRS, and the PRS taking no note of what we feature that they are chasing cash for and NOT giving that cash to those bands.

    It’s all a stich up. Seriously.

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