France Wants To Extend Private Copying Levy To Tablets... But Not If They Run Microsoft Windows

from the say-what-now? dept

Kurata points us to the news that French politicians are debating extending the "you must be a criminal" private copying levy to tablet computers -- but, oddly, the new levy would not apply to tablets running Windows (Google translation from the original French). The tax would apply to any iPad or Android-based device, but apparently Windows tablets won't be counted, since they'll be classified as full computers, while the other tablets are in this new taxable category. Not surprisingly, this has some companies up in arms, with the French-based Archos particularly steamed, since it's producing Android-based tablets, and doesn't like the fact that its government seems to be giving preferential treatment to an American company.

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    vivaelamor (profile), 28 Dec 2010 @ 12:20pm

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    "Since the OS is the product of the company and no one else can make it, giving preference to the OS and to the company is the same thing."

    I think the test would be whether they would apply the same exemption to a tablet shipped with Ubuntu or something similar that has the same capabilities as on a PC.

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