Japanese Recording Industry Wants An iPod Tax
from the give-us-money-for-your-innovation dept
While US recording industry execs have been complaining about how they don't get any revenue from iPod sales (a product they didn't have anything to do with creating, and whose predecessors they fought against, claiming they were illegal), the recording execs in Japan are taking a slightly different approach: demanding the government sets up an "iPod tax" to simply hand over some money any time anyone buys one of the devices. This is similar to what's happened in other countries, though, Canada recently shot down such a law. It's pretty hard to see why the recording industry deserves a share of the profits from a device they worked so hard to kill. It would be interesting to see Japanese giant Sony's position on this one, as they have businesses on both sides of the fence... and part of the reason their early attempts at digital music players have failed where the iPod succeeded was that they were too willing to give in to the demands of the execs at Sony Music.