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[News] "You're a Criminal" Tax Coming to More Places?

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New York Governor seeks iPod tax

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| The Governor of New York, David Paterson, has proposed a 4% tax on music 
| downloads as one of 137 new fees to be levied on New Yorkers in the 2009-10 
| budget.  



Canadian Blank CD Levy To Increase By Another 38%

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| The Copyright Board of Canada has decided to increase the levy on blank CDs
| from 21 cents to 29 cents each. The levy is a sort of "you're a criminal tax"
| that assumes blank CDs are going to be used for unauthorized copying. Blank
| CDs in Canada are now often more expensive than blank DVDs (which have no
| levy and hold more data), and most of that cost goes directly to the record
| industry.


Mafiaa demands could cost colleges $500,000 a year

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| NEW MANDATES recently added to the US Higher Education Act at the request of
| music and film industry bullies could end up costing American educational
| institutions a small fortune according to a report from Inside Higher Ed.
| Just a few months after lawmakers rolled over under pressure from the music
| and film industry Mafiaa, some colleges are counting the cost of complying
| with the new laws and some, particulary those privately run without public
| funding, could suffer huge financial losses.


The Costs of Policing Campus Networks

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| Colleges have been asserting for months — in an effort to persuade Congress
| not to impose new requirements on them to fight illegal file sharing — that
| they’re spending big bucks to monitor, prevent and discipline online behavior
| that could run afoul of copyright law. But lawmakers ignored their pleas and
| added several new mandates to the Higher Education Act in August.


UK.gov says: Regulate the internet

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| As unemployment looks set to soar in the months ahead, quangocrat and soon to
| be outgoing head of Ofcom Lord David Currie appears to have discovered a
| cunning plan to find jobs for tens of thousands. The time for regulating the
| internet is nigh – and Ofcom could be the body to do it.


EFA expresses alarm at Government "Internet censorship"

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| Online civil liberties organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has
| hit out at what it believes what it believes is a creeping censorship of the
| Internet by the Australian Government.
| [...]
| "The news for Australian Internet users just keeps getting worse," said EFA
| Board member Colin Jacobs. "We have legitimate concerns with the creeping
| scope of this unprecedented interference in our communications
| infrastructure. It's starting to look like nothing less than a comprehensive
| program of real-time Internet censorship."


No opt-out of filtered Internet

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| Australians will be unable to opt-out of the government's pending Internet
| content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watered-down
| blacklist, experts say.


Conroy announces mandatory internet filters to protect children

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| "Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the
| internet is like going down the Chinese road," he said.

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