£30 a year “penalty” for illegally downloading music

Internet users could face an annual charge of up to £30 to download music, under plans to be unveiled today that aim to tackle illegal file-sharing.

Why not, eh?  £30 a year for all the music I can eat sounds cheap as chips.  But then, there is the potential trap of British Gas-ising the entire system – switching music providers for the best deal year in year out.  Ideally, I’d like to see a donation button on all musicians’ websites, where they payment can be directly related to the quality of music.  Autolux recently did this on their site, and I donated £10, on account of illegally downloading Future Perfect and then falling in love with it.

Still not a bad solution.

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