[LINK] France to tax I.T. devices to raise copyright levy
Wed, 17 Jan 2001 06:26:17 +1100
Which leads to Evil 3, a combination of Evils 1 and 2. :)
None of the options I seem so far are mutually exclusive, and most of
the options I've seen so far look like taking the 'easy way out' and
involve national governments or consumers of unrelated products
taking on the cost and inconvenience on behalf of those private
industries affected .
The various industries and bodies supporting this are going to:
- have to get a lot more creative and investigate amongst other
things alternative business models, other methods of copyright
protection and better means of targeting malefactors
- better identify the 'choke points' of the activities that threaten
- not introduce schemes that will by their nature affect product
competitiveness between nationalities and jurisdictions
- not expect national governments to legislate on ineffectively
behalf of their narrow interests (that way lies a pluralism that can
be stifling and introduce bureaucracies of unimaginable intrusiveness)
- not expect the innocent to subsidise the guilty in any scheme they introduce
- not expect the public to take on the cost for their problem (it is
private industry and private copyright we're talking about here)
- if they do expect national governments and the consumer to pay ...
to offer commensurate control and benefits back to those who are
paying for it to compensate them for the cost they are taking on
.... before they get any support from this little black duck.
At 4:23 PM +1000 16/1/01, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
>Horrible it may be, Damien - but it might be a "lesser of two evils".
>Evil 1: Hollywood successfully lobbies computer who put "optional" copy
>protection inside hardware; what's optional today becomes compulsory
>tomorrow; and little by little we lose our liberties;
>Evil 2: We pay a levy; some fairly, some unfairly; but at least that's less
>intrusive than Evil 1.
>From: Damien Miller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Tuesday, 16 January 2001 14:28
>Subject: Re: [LINK] France to tax I.T. devices to raise copyright levy
>On Tue, 16 Jan 2001 email@example.com wrote:
>> The idea is great. the amount of levy is stupidly high. Oh well, half a
>The idea is horrid - there are many more uses for CDR and DVD-RAM than
>copying other people's music and software.
>| ``We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on | Damien Miller -
>| a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the | <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>| works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, /
>| we know this is not true.'' - Robert Wilensky UCB / http://www.mindrot.org
Apathy is a great cause for concern
... but who cares?