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January 26, 2009

UK may get broadband tax


by David Allen

The UK music and entertainment industry must have been taking notice the Isle of Man government’s plans to introduce a tax, in an attempt to satisfy all parties with regards to the downloading of music.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) estimates that around forty billion illegal music files were shared during 2008.

They are proposing that a broadband tax should be introduced in the UK to help fund the losses made as a result of this practice.

The government’s communications minister, Lord Carter, is believed to have taken this on board but, in his report on digital Britain, he is still likely to layout plans that mean internet service providers will have to hand over customers details in order for legal action to take place against them.

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  1. If there is to be a broadband tax, it shouldn’t be just the fat cats at the RIAA and MPAA who get our money. Instead, each individual taxpayer should have a say in where their broadband tax goes. This could be done via a system of “Content Compensation Funds” each of which would be set up to distribute money to creators for each type of content (music, films, software, etc). Each taxpayer would decide which CCF their broadband tax is channeled to.

    I’ve written about this in more detail on my blog: A broadband tax for the UK?.

    I’m not convinced that a broadband tax is the way to go, but if we are going to have one, let’s put consumers in charge, not industry fatcats.

    Comment by Cabalamat — January 27, 2009 @ 4:17 am

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