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[News] All Your Web Sites Are [sic] Belong to the MAFIAA

  • Subject: [News] All Your Web Sites Are [sic] Belong to the MAFIAA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 19:02:29 +0000
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France's Latest Plan: Tax Google, Microsoft And Yahoo To Fund Record Labels

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| Apparently Nicolas Sarkozy will get "the last 
| word" on whether or not to adopt this policy, 
| which means that it's pretty likely. Sarkozy 
| -- who has a long history of copyright 
| infringement by his own party -- seems to 
| believe that stronger copyright means 
| defending French culture, when it really just 
| means handouts to a few failing businesses who 
| haven't wanted to adapt. 


That's a good explanation. The BBC is pathetically shallow:

France considers tax for Google, Yahoo and Facebook
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| Google and other net firms could be taxed 
| under plans being considered by the French 
| government.



French Government Urged to Tax Online Ad Revenue

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| A report commissioned by the French Minister
| of Culture FrÃdÃric Mitterrand urges the
| introduction of a tax on online advertising
| such as that carried by Google, which would be
| used to pay the creators of artistic and other
| works who lose out to online piracy.


France floats Google music-and-movie tax

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| A new proposal to tax internet advertising
| revenue was among the recommendations offered
| by the government-appointed panel. Money
| raised would finance the availability of
| cultural material online and fund the
| protection of artists losing out to piracy.
| [...]
| Zelnick's recommendations follow the French
| government's efforts to pass its controversial
| "three strikes" law that would disconnect
| internet users repeatedly accused of illegal
| downloading. His reports also taps into fears
| of the growing influence of major internet
| companies.

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