Letters to the Editor

A simple solution to vexing issue of downloads

I read the article by John Ellis [Oct. 30] on illegal downloads and the plan to stop them. Threatening people with lawsuits is not going to do anything. There are too many people who, like Brian Marks, have wireless Internet that has been "borrowed." There are too many who just don't care.

If money is stolen on this scale from the producers of movies, they cannot spend said money on new, better movies. I want the next "Batman" to be awesome!

However, rumor has it that some of the hot bands love to be popular on the peer-to-peer networks -- that it is their producers that have a real issue. These bands make music for the love of music and love of the fans. Why should money get in the way of a good time?

So how would I balance this? Here's one solution: I'll create an advertising-sponsored peer-to-peer network with an entrance fee. A user could receive an allotment of "points" to spend on songs or videos. If they give more money, they receive more points.

You know the saying. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Oriana Neulinger