[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?! (fwd)

On Wed 15 Nov 2000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2000 at 01:08:59PM +0100, Marek Habersack wrote:
> > What's funny, is that when you run a shop and you play radio so that
> > customers can hear it - you should pay the same fee to ZAIKS what the
> > radio paid for broadcasting the songs! Sounds insane, but that's the
> > reality.
> same here in australia.

The *same* fee? So if you operate a broadcasting station that can reach
10 million people, you pay the same amount as a shop that has standing
capacity for 10 people?

> what's worse is that they still demand you pay even if the only music
> you play is your own material or licensed direct from the artists (who
> happen to be your friends). they assume that because you CAN play other
> material that you in fact are.

That's very similar to the Buma (http://www.buma.nl/uk/home.htm) here
in the Netherlands. They also wanted to levy a surcharge on the sale of
blank cdroms because as you can use them to duplicate audio cds, you
*will*.  Very nice if e.g. you're trying to distribute debian cds.
However, that attempt fortunately died a silent death.

Paul Slootman
home:       paul@wurtel.demon.nl http://www.wurtel.demon.nl/
work:       paul@murphy.nl       http://www.murphy.nl/
debian:     paul@debian.org      http://www.debian.org/
isdn4linux: paul@isdn4linux.org  http://www.isdn4linux.org/

Reply to: