[LINK] France to tax I.T. devices to raise copyright levy
Tue, 16 Jan 2001 16:08:01 +1100 (EST)
On Tue, 16 Jan 2001, George Michaelson wrote:
> > The idea is great. the amount of levy is stupidly high. Oh well, half a f
> The idea is horrid - there are many more uses for CDR and DVD-RAM than
> copying other people's music and software.
> Oh god. here we go. What is it about tax you don't like paying?
I don't mind paying tax, but I do object to avaricious "content industries"
trying to foist additional revenue streams on the public.
> If there is an IP industry, and its hurt by people copying, then the low
> levy to fix the problem is better than the copy protection rubbish we're
> being foisted with. In my opinion.
You are still left with the implicit "CDR user == pirate", which simply
Even in the cases where it is true, it is rarely a problem, the people
who are copying are likely to be too cheap to buy the content in the
first place. Large scale commerical piracy (cheap CDs from SE Asia)
is what 'hurts' the industry and it is not going to be affected by a
Do you think that a tax like this would stop them trying to push for more
embedded copy protection? I think not.
> C'mon. don't tell me you can't afford it. *why should I pay* winds up filed
> under WPB: either you accept the tax regime and social policy, or not. If
> this one is soooo painful, how come you pay the medibank levy?
Geez - Which is better? My money going to prop up a health system broken
though incompetence and poor funding, or lining the pockets of a greedy
few who want to erode fair use and charge us for media we don't use for
their tripe anyway?
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