graeme_p - 6:03 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
@Old_Honky, the devil is in the details. How do you divide up the money? Per download? Per track? How do you divide up money between a classical symphony (lots of performers) and a solo track. Do we run parallel schemes for films and books?
Of course SOPA and PIPA are terrible ideas. Copyright is not important enough to compromise freedom for. Hollywood can either die of find a new business model.
The best alternative is to reduce copyright enforcement to where is is easy: where it is being monetized or openly distributed. Current law already allows the take down of links, and where there is monetization, there is someone who can be traced and sued. There are a whole lot of other reforms needed (reasonable terms, for example), but that would be a start.
Scope creep frightens me too. What is other countries do the same? Will repressive governments me able to arrest anyone whose site they do not like who happens to be in transit in their airports?