Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Dec 2010 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Every now and then (or, actually, rather often) you come across a story which once again exemplifies why governments should keep their paws off anything remotely related to technology. It seems that not knowing anything about technology is one of the prime reasons why governments the world over fail so spectacularly when it comes to technology-related lawmaking. The latest in the series? France. My southern neighbours (I never acknowledged Belgian independence) are thinking about extending their piracy levy, normally found on CD-Rs and mp3-players and such, to cover tablet computers as well. However, tablet computers running Windows are exempt.
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Not to mention, they are taxing to compensate "illegal" copying activities. Taxing something that is not supposed to happen is not only nonsense, but is itself illegal by law.

Exactly what I said in my comment on numerama ( how stupid is imposing a "private copy" levy on writable optical discs when the law forbids bypassing the protection schemes on CDs and DVDs?

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jaxx Member since:

With or without DRM's or Protection: The issue is even simpler: Whatever the media is (besides a backup) you are not allowed to copy: therefore, Don't, or Get Sued. But for god's sake, don't tax innocent people for things they didn't do to compensate acts you are unable to maintain to a minimal volume. Damn, they really won't understand it... Let's go on a strike! :-)

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TheGZeus Member since:

To me, this says "If they're charging you for something, you should do it".

They want a fee for copying things? Copy them. Now you've gotten your money's worth.

Sounds like a government-instituted subscription plan, to me.

If they sue, you can argue you've already paid ;รพ

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