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I like your idea of Internet content prizes, except that this would ultimately lead to less choice on our bookshelves, virtual or physical, as only one prize per category means only one author in a category of thousands of authors who actually gets paid. If all authors turned to this over night as a way to earn money, the volume of authors and with it the volume of published works would diminish over time. I do think its high time the copyrighters recongnised that with Internet distribution, the price of the information (read that as author) should be the bulk of the price consumers should pay. I don't understand the cost model behind iTunes et al charging the same price for an online virtual CD as Best Buy does for the same instore physical CD. Authors should get paid. That's my $0.02 worth I'll be collecting some day :)