9 November 2011

SABAM wants 3% of ISP subscriptions

After getting money out of children creches, computer hard disk, taxi's, company phone waiting tunes and the like, Belgium's author rights association SABAM is now attacking ISP's. They want their fair share of the pie, and ask for 3.4% of your ISP subscription, because it provides access to coyprighted work.
SABAM says this does not mean that the sites that distribute coyrighted material (e.g. YouTube) do not have to pay for the copyright anymore (double pay!).
SABAM does not want to be seen as the bad guy, and expresses the hope ISP's will not charge end users for the money they ask.