France to tax smartphones to 'protect' French culture
France plans to impose a small tax on smartphones, tablets and computers as a way of financing and protecting French cultural activity.
The proceeds of the tax, starting at 1 per cent and possibly rising to 4 per cent, will be distributed to musicians, film-makers and authors to compensate them for their loss of royalties in the age of “free” culture on the internet.
The tax may eventually replace a larger “licence fee” already imposed on computers and other devices which are capable of downloading and storing music, films and e-books.
The new tax is one of 80 proposals made in a report to President François Hollande on how to preserve France's “exception culturelle” - the survival of its own distinctive culture - in a world dominated by the English language and the internet. The report, drawn up by Pierre Lescure, former head of the cable television channel, Canal Plus, has been broadly accepted by the government and will be turned into legislation next year.
The money raised by a one per cent smartphone and tablet tax - 86m euros each year - would supplement the money already raised by similar licence fees on the storage capacity of personal computers. The proceeds would not, in theory, fund government-sponsored cultural activities. The money would be distributed to French musicians, film-makers, game-makers and authors to replace revenues lost through the free streaming or downloading of their work by internet users.
Life & Style blogs
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: Real Staffing Group is seeking Traine...
£400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client are currently seekin...
£40000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Infrastructure En...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analy...