Re: [rumori] Re: Burned?

From: Colin Hinz (
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 21:23:25 PDT

On Wed, 1 May 2002, Don Joyce wrote:

> Thanks, Jim,
> I love the level of think-through on this, you're way ahead of me. Anyone
> else have any further thoughts on why a Federal tax on Internet access is
> more or less difficult or more or less inevitable than the privately
> untouchable solutions we are headed for to pay for content made
> untransferrable on line?

Why would the content industries be interested in setting up anything
more complicated when a simple across-the-board tax will suffice?

With physical media, they're content to slap a tax on all blank CDs,
and the heck with keeping track of any form of equitable payments.
The movie industry and the music industry doesn't give a wet slap about
equitable treatment or fairness or proper royalty compensation at all,
and this is seen by examining the business models of all their fee-
extracting activities to date. Money collected for public play on the
airwaves and in bars and restaurants isn't divvied up in any kind of
fair manner, why should the net be different?

All they want is the great wad of cash which they are accustomed to
receiving. That's all they care about -- the cash. The well-being of
the creators is not something that matters all that much.

- Colin Hinz
  Toronto, Canada (a country with an ever-worsening blank media tax)

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