French politicians want to tax tablets for not running Windows

Nathan Bahn nathan.bahn at
Mon Jan 3 06:20:29 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 1:07 AM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at> wrote:

>  *THE GLORIOUS FRENCH REPUBLIC* seems set to kowtow to Microsoft and levy
> a tax on every tablet in the land that doesn't run the Windows operating
> system.
> For a while now France has taxed MP3 players after surrendering to demands
> from the movie and film cartels that it make all of its citizens pay for
> those few who download media content.
> Now the French politicians have worked out that they can get even more dosh
> if they extend the tax to include tablets. After all, most of them are just
> big phones and MP3 players, they think.
> However since the legislation does not cover computers they have to define
> what it is that makes a computer different from the devices they want to
> tax.
> According to the French magazine Numerama<>they have decided that a device is only a computer when it runs Microsoft
> Windows. If it runs Linux or a Mac OS then it must be just an MP3 player
> that's being operated by someone who is a 'pirate' and therefore needs to be
> taxed.

Attention all--

I can't help but get the impression that French legislators and M$ lobbyists
are joined at the hip.  I could be wrong, of course.....

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