We have 3 or 4 threads running on different aspects of this but lets boil it right down to the common denominator: Somebody explain to me how I am wrong here:
The network costs money to run. It needs bandwidth. it needs disk space. It needs CPU time.
If downloads are free, why would anyone refrain from streaming music, watching videos etc to their hearts content?
Those activities are free to the user, but not free to the network. They use bandwidth, they use CPU time, All the GETS getting counted etc… But they are free to the users…
We charge for PUTs – that is the only source of income for the network. But it needs to be adequate to reimburse all of the costs of the farmers. How can this work?
Who would pay to put content on the network if the fees must be high enough to pay for all of the moochers?
I think there needs to be a cost per GET if the network is going to be economically sound – Or maybe high costs will limit the amount of content to things that really need to be on SAFE and cannot be delivered via other means… (Read Bittorent)