Here’s what I want to see happen: I want to see North American governments stop trying to craft new copyright laws that cater to every special-interest group and end going to court over usage-based billing. I want to see the problem turned on its head and a root-cause analysis conducted. I want to see a subscription service where I can pay (for example) $50/month for the unlimited and unrestricted download of high-definition TV shows, movies, and music. I want to see internet access fees and usage-based thresholds adjusted to fairly reflect the true total cost of service delivery. Instead, I see time and money pissed away going after enabling sites like isoHunt.com, across-the-board increases in the cost of internet service delivery loosely justified as a response to “skyrocketing” bandwidth usage, and government energy wasted on fighting decisions that internet service providers can charge for usage over a certain threshold (last I checked that’s how capitalism worked, comrade).
There’s so much good music out there and I’m constantly staggered by the phenomenally talented artists I enjoy – Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Eat World, and Foo Fighters just to name a few. I don’t know how I know but there’s something that fundamentally separates these people from the average musician or band. My instincts say it has to do with the emotion they put into their songs and the passion they have for music.