So I have an idea that could solve the problem about piracy. There is no proof that it will or work or not but I would like you to hear me out.
So, in the current state many companies are blaming piracy for losing revenue (especially the big companies). So how would we then be able to solve that problem?
My idea is as follows (based on the Swedish currency "krona/kr" or SEK):
Every household (let's say 1 million households) get to pay 100SEK (about 15 dollars) more per month on their internet connection. If you take all that money, you have 100 million SEK (about 15 million dollars) per month. During a whole year you would get 1.2 billion SEK.
If you then take all that money and put it in a fund that will get shared amongst everyone that have a work that gets copied on the web every year. If you for example give every copyright holder 100SEK for every work that gets copied. So if 10,000 persons download a copyrighted work, the copyright holder would then get 1 million SEK as compensation.
So then if every household on the whole planet (let's say 1.5 billion households) get to pay the fee of 100SEK per month, it would lead to 1,800 billion SEK that could be shared every year amongst the copyright holders that get their works copied.
And to distribute the money amongst the copyright holders I have come up with an example equation (should not be taken seriously, is just an example):
(The average amount of downloads per P2P website divided with the average amount of torrents per website) times the total number of P2P websites with the copyrighted work, short: (average downloads/average torrents)*websites.
So let's say we have a film that is being shared on 10 P2P websites, and it have an average of 100,000 downloads per website, and an average of five torrents per website.
So the sum of downloads that the company would get in compensation is (100,000/5)*10 (200,000 downloads) or 20 million SEK in this example. But I believe that there is better ways to calculate how much a company should get in compensation.
But there is a number of flaws with this idea like:
How would you be able to track everyone that downloads copyrighted works?
It would be rather easy to follow the amount of downloads a torrent get if every P2P site would a download counter for every torrent. But since it would not be good to add download counter that could easily be exploited so is there a need for a system that can't get exploited so easy as it could be.
Would you want to pay this extra fee?
I as a person would pay it since it's an indirect way to help the big companies without me thinking to much about it. Since almost everyone want to get as much as possible out of their money, it would not be easy for everyone to sacrifice some extra money for a fee that would help the copyright holders.
How much should the fee be?
That is one of the main questions behind this idea, since I don't know how much every person is up to giving away extra money to help copyright holders while they could just get their things for free otherwise. But would you rather spend some extra money and help many rather than spend some money and help one person? Sure, one person would get a bigger share than if it was divided amongst many persons. But if a lot of people would collect some money and then share amongst other people, wouldn't it give you a better feeling than giving that money to just a single person? Since more people can enjoy the money and continue their works, wouldn't it be better? Wouldn't it be better to be making the need of the many go before the need of the one?
Would this system be reliable?
If it was done right, it could be something reliable and good working since everyone would benefit on it. People would get their stuff and the companies would get their money. Right?
So now I would like to hear your opinions about this idea of mine. Let it be good or bad opinions as long as they are opinions. Thank you!