[Rumori] re: The Artistic Freedom Voucher
morakanabad at yahoo.ca
Sun Nov 9 15:45:25 PST 2003
I'm sitting here (offline) on my lunch break, reading through the
morning's mail, so I apologize if my questions are covered on the
source site (which I'll be checking out later in the day).
However, I'm curious: has any consideration been given to how to
extend this system beyond the confines of (presumably) the United
States? I mean, a $100 "tax" might not seem back-breaking in a lot of
places, but that's several months' wages in some Asian countries. I
don't think that the idea of a "flat" tax that's assessed differently
in different countries is such a bad idea, but any system that's going
to regard the Internet as a distribution system is going to have to
puzzle out how payments can be made all around the world.
Also, assuming that the AFV system starts small and pays a set
"salary" (lots of quotation marks today) to a given number of creative
workers, it sounds a lot like the licensing systems used to regulate
taxi drivers, hot dog stands, etc., in most large cities. Again, that's
not really a bad thing, but since there's usually competition for those
licenses, how would the proposed system deal with creative types who
weren't having productive years? All kinds of big-name musicians can go
seven or eight years at a stretch without releasing an album... would
they lose their license in the process?
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