Feeds

France floats Google music-and-movie tax

Vive la différence

SANS - Survey on application security programs

France should tax Google and other online US giants to subsidize local music and movie industries, a report commissioned by the country's culture ministry has recommended.

A new proposal to tax internet advertising revenue was among the recommendations offered by the government-appointed panel. Money raised would finance the availability of cultural material online and fund the protection of artists losing out to piracy.

The tax would be levied from banner ads and sponsored links and target internet companies active in France, with a threshold in place to avoid hitting small-time operators. The report's lead author - unsurprisingly a former independent label producer - Patrick Zelnick dubbed the plan a "Google tax," but said other US-based companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and AOL would pay, reports the AFP. It recommended that France should rally other European nations to support its anti-piracy efforts.

The report also proposed public subsidies for a voucher card system for youths to buy music online and promote accessing content through approved sites.

Zelnick's recommendations follow the French government's efforts to pass its controversial "three strikes" law that would disconnect internet users repeatedly accused of illegal downloading. His reports also taps into fears of the growing influence of major internet companies.

He told the Liberation newspaper the plan "seemed inevitable" to himself and the panel if they want to "maintain a certain pluralism in the world" and prevent the "endless enrichment of two or three world players who will impose their cultural formatting on us."

President Nicolas Sarkozy and France's culture minister are currently studying the report and have not yet decided when they will respond. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.