The battle against “illegal” downloading seems to be unwinnable and hence the traditional model of rewarding authors, musicians and other creative artists need to be revised. In our opinion an alternative compensation system is the best solution to protecting intellectual rights in the digital age.
The main question is, of course, how to fund an ACS. Ideally only those who actually download e-books, music and movies should pay. However, this is impossible, at least not without massive violation of privacy.
Nevertheless, we believe that a tax on downloaded data is the best solution. Such data download tax will be charged on a per unit base, i.e. per downloaded gigabyte. We propose a two-rate structure with a lower rate for people who download less than a certain threshold (e.g. 10 GB per month) and a higher rate for people who download more.
Internet Service Providers will responsible for collecting this Data Download Tax. And the collected revenue will go to the Alternative Compensation Fund, which will be responsible for distributing these funds among the holders of intellectual rights.
This Data Download Tax will replace blank media levies.