by Mike Masnick
Mon, Aug 10th 2009 1:34pm
It seems like an idea almost no one likes. Many users are against the idea of needing to pay a tax for file sharing they don't do, and the recording industry hates any idea that "legalizes" file sharing. And yet, the Green Party in Germany seems to be pushing forward with an idea to legalize personal file sharing via a special tax users would pay via their ISP bill. Apparently the plan would involve paying different amounts based on the speed of your internet connection, which seems a bit bizarre. What does the speed necessarily have to do with how much file sharing you do? Oh yeah, the other problem? No one seems to have any idea how to distribute the proceeds of such a tax.
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