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

** On Nov 14, Paul Slootman scribbled:
> 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?
Yeps. It's because you can play in your shop anything the radio station can
- either from a CD, or from that abovementioned radio station. Look at the
label of any recording you buy - be it analog record, a CD or a casette -
it's written there that public broadcasting of any nature is forbidden.
Ergo, you have to pay for it separately to purchasing the recording and it
doesn't matter where you pay. 

> > 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.
Good, because that would be a complete insane...


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