This is an interesting proposal to solve copyright problems. Its seems innovative and workable, at least until you start to think about all the local, state, federal, and international bodies that might be called upon to protect copyrighted property from theft and therefore expect a piece of the revenue in return. Still … very clever.
Copyright this – Los Angeles Times
A solution to determining which works are in the “Mickey Mouse” category of copyrights and which are in the more socially valuable “oral rehydration therapy” class of work is not feasible for a government bureaucracy. However, if all copyrights were taxed at a fixed (but significant) amount per year to maintain the copyright (all registered through the copyright office and searchable), there would be a significant carrying cost and most of the copyrighted material would revert to “public domain” and become available to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” As intellectual property and copyrights become an even more significant part of our economy, and as copyright holders (not necessarily the creators) make claims of “stealing” as though it is real property, it should be taxed.