France Mulling Private Copying Levy on Non-Windows Tablets

14

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

Ghok

I don't actually mind the idea of supporting artists through giving them a cut of profits from the devices that will play their content. I actually like the idea. However, there is so much potential for abuse there... it seems to me that it would be really difficult to manage and make sure it's done fairly. The entertainment industry doesn't have a good track record here. Case in point, the fact that this only applies to non-windows tablets.

avatar

naxself

Laws that tax me for something I MIGHT do cannot possibly survive a court challenge. That's like making me pay a fine for the speeding ticket I MIGHT get.

Canada had a similar law on blank CDs for a while in the 1990s. I'm not sure if it's still enforced, though.

avatar

D00dlavy

While I maintain tons of respect for French history and culture, that country has always had a shitty government, IMO.  Downright f--king stupid.  I live in the US and tend to follow policy in Australia, Canada and France.  I could only live in Canada because I would feel oppressed and overtaxed in the other two.

For the record, I feel oppressed and overtaxed here, too.  Just not as much.

F--k taxes on anything other than income.

avatar

Ghok

We get taxed on a lot more than income here in Canada, friend :) I don't mind personally, but to many Americans it's something that can't really handle. I grew up with it, and I like government services, but that's just me.

Australia's policy is what weirds me out the most. I would feel so oppressed there.

avatar

TechLarry

I guess it's logged as the "Microsoft paid us a bundle for this law" law...

avatar

Righteous Fury

... it still sucks to be French; more on that at 11... over to you, Bob!

avatar

Synux

If I understand this correctly the plan is to charge extra for each device sold and dispurse that revenue to copyright holders.  So basically pre-paying damanges for the stealing you are assumed to be doing at some unspecified future date and in some unspecified way.  That sounds fair and appropriate.

avatar

HeartBurnKid

Personally, if the US adopted such a levy, I'd pirate media as much and as often as I could.  I'd hate to think I wasn't getting my money's worth out of the levy.

avatar

Synux

If I understand this correctly the plan is to charge extra for each device sold and dispurse that revenue to copyright holders.  So basically pre-paying damanges for the stealing you are assumed to be doing at some unspecified future date and in some unspecified way.  That sounds fair and appropriate.

avatar

praetor_alpha

Once again, the French government is completely retarded. I bet the French were the ones wanting Microsoft to replace IE with that retarded ballot thing.

avatar

Lhot

....trying to "start a ball roling" to force people into the CLOUD  :/  What's next, they, then the EU, then the U.S. gonna wanna tax my 1Gb HDD.

Storage doesn't steal songs and vidoes....people do.   THIS is so utterly STUPID, that I'm going to go out and lay my head on the train tracks...a 250K ton train crushing my skull would hurt my head, less than this idiocy does.

"Taxation without reprensentation is tyranny" some wise person once said.  :)   Time for a Boston wine-party.....er...Riviera wine-party :D

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

Security is key to this algorythm

Keep the tablet off the Internet and they can't tax jack diddly!

Just don't make them connect directly to the net

Now, give me a tablet that can control my desktop or rack computer in realtime so I can play crisis at 120fps over a compressed wireless display steam AND connect to the net through my desktop from my tablet and we'll talk...

Untill then..

Um, Deja Vu

avatar

Eoraptor

Yes, because declaring that pirated songs were wrth more in theft than all the money that exists on earth wasn't bad enough, now the industy needs to actually start muscling into "legitimate rackets"

avatar

draconis123

I sense a microsoft bribery investigation will begin soon.

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.