Published Jan 15, 2008Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor stated to CNET.com last week that he would support the idea of a tax added to monthly internet service provider fees as a form of income for artists whose music is downloaded for free.
"I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and up your ass if you want and its $5 on your cable bill.
Reznors comment came during a chat about the release of The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, the latest album by hip-hop poet Saul Williams. The record was made available through Reznors label offering a low-quality copy for free and a high-quality version for five dollars. Only one in five people paid for the five-dollar version and Reznor called the results "disheartening. "I think if we could wave a magic wand and do it again I think (we would) offer an inexpensive version in addition to a premium physical product that could be shipped out afterward.
Nine Inch Nails - "Only" (remix)