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[News] Sony Shares Literature's for Free and Canadians Fight "Criminal by Default" Law

  • Subject: [News] Sony Shares Literature's for Free and Canadians Fight "Criminal by Default" Law
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 23:27:00 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Sony fights Kindle juggernaut with public domain e-books

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| Sony's e-book reader will now have easy access to specially-formatted copies 
| of public domain books scanned by Google. Can free (in both senses) content 
| help Sony in its battle against Amazon's Kindle juggernaut?  


Surprise, Surprise: Canadians Aren't Interested In ISP Levies

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| Michael Geist points to two new polls released by Angus Reid Strategies, 
| which show that Canadians are overwhelmingly against the idea of ISP levies. 
| It should come as no surprise that 79% of people surveyed about the possible 
| Canadian content levy on new media said it would be an "unnecessary and/or 
| inappropriate fee that would end up being passed along to consumers.    



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.


Taxing ISPs To Fund Newspapers?

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| In trying to explain why a music tax is a bad idea, I pointed out that if you
| start with music, you quickly have to start adding pretty much every industry
| disrupted by the internet. The obvious one is movies, but what about
| newspapers? They're struggling due to the internet, so why can't they demand
| an ISP tax to support newspapers? The idea, of course, is that this was a
| ludicrous suggestion... but apparently some people have thought seriously
| about it.


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.

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