French politicians want to tax tablets for not running Windows

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Mon Jan 3 07:02:02 UTC 2011

On 03/01/2011 17:20, Nathan Bahn wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 1:07 AM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at 
> <mailto: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.....

No more "joined at the the hip" than the American legislators are tied 
to American lobbyists - but only all the way from the head to toe and 
not just simply at the hip.

(Who was it in this list, or was it in another one, who stated only days 
ago that lobbying in American is simply legalised bribery? So, are the 
French legislators any less moral than American legislators?


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and
won't change the subject.
                          Sir Winston Churchill

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