We are in favour of an alternative compensation system that uses an internet subscription levy to compensate authors of e-books, movies or music for people downloading their works.
In the original version of our proposal the collected funds are distributed based on number of downloads. The more a certain work is downloaded, the more money the author receives. However, is this system does have some problems.
The most important issue is that the number of downloads does not tell anything about quality. Regardless whether one writes complete rubbish or a sublime novel, for each download one receives the same.
But, you might say, good works will be downloaded in larger numbers that complete rubbish, so what? Well, with seemingly “free” downloads, people will be leaning to download first and look later. Hence the number of downloads will be less a measure of quality or even popularity.
A simple and elegant solution for this problem would be to include ratings as well in the distribution of funds. People who have downloaded something will be able to rate their download on a predetermined scale. The more and higher ratings an author gets, the more money he will receive.
This system which includes both number of downloads (clicks) and feedback (rates), we will call “Click & Rate”.