It would seem that the Isle of Man, a small island of 80,000 people between Ireland and Britain, has come up with two new tactics to fight music piracy. 16 years ago, Ireland would punish misdemeanors by a so-called “birching” law, meaning, one would receive Birch wood lashes. Luckily, they have taken kindly to a new approach; defeat. The white flag has been raised regarding piracy in Isle of Man. Unfortunately, they have instead proposed a new tax that is approximately 1.45$ a week that will be paid directly to the recording companies. This allows the citizens of Dublin, Ireland to download as they please. This also means that even those who do not even download and listen to music are paying for it. Does that make any sense? What business runs that way, forcing payment on people who may not even be interested in their goods?
Across the Irish Sea just 50 miles away, record companies in Ireland have reached a huge agreement with the country’s largest Internet provider to combat piracy. Consumers found guilty of piracy are now being punished in a new way; Total disconnection from the Internet. The music industry sure loves extremism doesn’t it!
These two islands are being watched very closely by the world’s eye. This experiment is likely to further confirm the results of combating piracy by force. We all know the music industry is desperate to find a solution, but our prediction is that both of these ideas will fail miserably as have all the efforts of major record corporations in fighting the inevitable. Interesting how many corporations are so resistant to change, they would rather face failure and destruction than do so.