The real answer is to get rid of the arbitrage loopholes.
Just like 900 numbers, there is no reason that anyone should be compelled to connect calls that require extortionary fees.
There's no need for legislation... Just block the calls. The businesses being hosted there will simply go out of business when people find out their "free" host wasn't actually free and isn't actually available to the parties they invited.
This isnt rocket science... thats an abusive leach. Don't outlaw abusive leaching.. just don't require people submit to abusive leaching and the problem goes away.
Just because the telcos (intentionally) created a stupid rule, doesn't mean we should make everyone else pay for their mistake.
Mike, this might be the first time you have suggested that "there ought to be a law" to handle a free market mistake.
And yet there are some in the patent or copyright legal business who somehow seem to think that it's traitorous for a patent or copyright lawyer to ever dare question the idea that patents and copyrights work.
Because they know that what they themselves are doing is wrong, and they want to keep doing it.
They understand they shouldn't be doing what they are doing, but it's so damn profitable.
They are well aware of the fact that the entire thing will crumble when critical mass of dissent is achieved, and as such, they want everyone profiting off of "imaginary profitables" to tow the line and keep their lucrative system in check.
Aren't the ads supposed to be in a "free" version? Seems we've had us an unwritten app rule that free=ads and pay=contentonly, a nice rule that has set the new digital medium apart from it's newspaper & cable tv predecessors.
When cable started, it was commercial free too. That didn't last long.
They will not reciprocate by letting you use their content, they will retaliate by unleashing their lawyers on you.
Right war, wrong battle.
Yes, its connecting with fans, cause its providing them with something they want. No, its not connecting with you, cause its not providing what you want, but thats irrelevant. It is connecting with other people who don't have your moral dilemna.