The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is now asking the Supreme Court of Canada to ask ISP’s to pay a royalty to them for the music downloads of their customers. Again, the question comes up of whether the ISP’s are responsible for the content that goes through their networks.
They are asking for 25 cents per year, plus 10 percent of any gross profits made through the sale of advertising. ISP’s around the world should be outraged that this is even being proposed.
To even suggest that the onus of paying royalties for music should fall on ISP’s is ludicrous. Next they’ll be going after the electrical companies because their service powers the computers that pirate music. By extention, since the ISP’s are now responsible for my actions on their network, if I hack into the Pentagon’s network through my ISP, I guess the FBI will be chasing after Rogers to throw them in jail.
Come on, guys! Think!