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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Daft law
by ameasures on Wed 29th Dec 2010 13:40 UTC
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My guess is that those that want, say, an iPad without stupid taxes will pick one up whilst in another country.

Having seen the queues of guys from the sub-continent when the unlocked iPhone4 was released in London; it seems inevitable.

The VAT in France is 19.6% (AFAIR) around the European average so no doubt selecting a low VAT regime will also go some way to covering transit costs.

So the French retail sector will take a hit.

C'est la vie!

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