France : Taxes for video and mp3 playing capacity

Stefano Cavallari stefano at
Fri Jan 25 16:14:17 CET 2008

On Friday 25 January 2008 16:00:58 Colan Schwartz wrote:

> I definitely don't think FIC (or now Openmoko) should include the cost
> (if there is one) of the licence to play MP3s.  I don't want to pay
> that, and I don't think anyone else should either.  I'm happy with just
> Ogg and FLAC files.  Maybe an MP3 library can be downloaded separately,
> like the way most Linux distributions handle DVD playing.
I mean a separate license with software, which you can choose to buy or not :)
> If you want to pay for MP3s, don't make me pay for it as well! ;)
> And I really like that speeding ticket analogy.  This tax that assumes
> guilt is insane.  I don't understand how modern democratic justice
> systems can tolerate it.
> -c.
I think it is wrong too, and that is just a workaround to not classify the 
FreeRunner as a "mp3 player device".


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