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Re: GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?!


dune@home.pl schrieb:

[ the experts for this kind of stuff can be found on
debian-legal@lists.debian.org, thus I CC there ]

> About month ago one of the local fiscal office in Poland has laid 
> a tax on some company in Poland which uses Linux servers and 
> StarOffice apllications. This information appeared in the past week
> in Polish edition of Computerworld. AND THIS IS NOT A JOKE.
> The fiscal office has treated GNU software as a DONATION for this
> company with a price on the level of M$ Windows NT and M$ Office
> prices. According to the Polish tax regulations this company must 
> pay about 30% (thirty percents) of these values now. So much.

This is bothersome enough, but why Windos? Solaris seems much
more similar to Debian than this glamourised game console OS.

> Three weeks ago Computerlworld has asked Polish Treasury about 
> an interpretation of a term of donation in case of GNU software.
> Nobody from the Treasury replied yet.
> Maybe this is a less problem for commercial Linux distros like 
> RedHat, Mandrake, Suse, Caldera etc. because these product have 
> small prices  and they can not be treated as donations but only as 
> expenses. I hope because there is still not clear issues concerns 
> prices of GPL, LGPL, Artistic, BSD licenses within the scope of Polish 
> tax regulations.
> What in a case of Debian GNU/Linux servers?  I have some fears.
> I am not sure but maybe some official letter from the Debian community 
> to the Polish Treasury may change something in their mind.
> Greetings from Poland,
> Mariusz Przygodzki
> dune@home.pl

ciao, 2ri
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

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