by Carlo Longino

New Dutch iPod Tax Proposal Slightly Less Obnoxious

from the mmm-bop-you-with-another-charge dept

The Netherlands has had a levy on blank media like CDs and DVDs for some time, similar to taxes in other countries collected to reimburse copyright holders for all the infringement that people buying the items are presumed to do. The group behnd the surcharge has been pushing for a similar tax on MP3 players and DVRs, and its initial proposal was a ludicrous 3.28 euro per gigabyte -- which would have added about $230 onto the price of the biggest iPod. Understandably, electronics manufacturers weren't happy, so the group has come back with a new proposal with a higher per-gigabyte fee, but a cap of 25 euros. These levies are pointless in many ways, both because they presume everyone that buys an MP3 player is a criminal, and they're also an attempt by record labels to now make money from technology they fought so hard against. Dutch trade groups are also pointing out that with more and more legitimate content being bought online, these "iPod taxes" end up making consumers pay copyright holders twice. If that's the case and the "price of piracy" is figured into the tax, shouldn't people then be free to copy whatever they want, since they've paid into the fund when they bought their blank CDs or MP3 player? After all, it's presumed that everyone's a pirate, and this is supposed to balance things out. But of course not -- because, remember, listening to music on the device of your choice is a privilege. The record labels have no problem making you pay for it, again and again.

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    SV, 4 Nov 2005 @ 2:02pm

    Why do people put up with this?

    MPAA and RIAA and their alternatives around the world just come and demand: malware DRM technologies on our PC-s, taxes from various kinds of media and devices, cramming same devices with useless technologies designed to limit our ability to use what we bought...

    And on and on and on...

    Why the hell do we put up with all this?

    The world is a slave to someone who makes a living selling Britney Spears songs? what the HELL is this..?

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      praseodym, 4 Nov 2005 @ 3:06pm

      Re: Why do people put up with this?

      It was originally intented for home copies, like having a copy of the orginal in your car. However, many people say it also applies to P2P downloading. The big problem with this is that because of the payments P2P downloading is considered legal.

      Another problem is that people also have to pay for CDs or DVDs they use for e.g. backup of their data and to burn photo's on.

      And last but not least, the organization has not been able to ever show where the money it collected has gone. There are now several petitions against the organization.

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    ElonNarai, 4 Nov 2005 @ 3:20pm

    No Subject Given

    The entertement business (especially recording industries) are going downhill with the peddle on the metal.
    1. A single is the same sing in three different colors (Radio edition, Disco edition) on the same disc
    2. All Digital media gets DRM (sony?)
    3. We pay tax on tax (Value of media then the price per GB and then we add BTW)

    Where is the time you were advised to create back-ups?
    I remeber a dos installation disk (ok, no music) which the manual ADVISED me to create back-ups and lock the original in safe.

    Protecting your self is fine, but things can go overboard. Actually they have gone already.

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