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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > “Piracy Buster” Online Tax Proposed in Russia

“Piracy Buster” Online Tax Proposed in Russia

“Piracy Buster” Online Tax Proposed in Russia

Added: Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Russian officials have expressed concerns over the recent suggestions to introduce an Internet tax intended to compensate rights owners for Internet piracy. It is known that the proposed measures from the Russian Union of Right Holders may be worth $860m to creators annually.

The copyright holders all over the world have been pushing for tougher legislation for a while now, hoping that fines and jail sentences may encourage the pirates to buy rather than steal. However, it seems that Russia looks at the problem from another direction.

A couple months ago, the Russian Union of Right Holders suggested to introduce a fixed royalty fee paid to copyright owners in exchange for Internet users receiving certain freedoms in dealing with online content, i.e. they would get the right to legally share content for private purposes. The suggested measures saw ISPs obtaining “universal licenses” from copyright owners or their representatives. Those licenses would legitimize the “infringements” of Internet users.

Although no details were officially announced, the media reports suggested an annual fee of up to $5 per each user. This means that the “tax” may make ISP subscriptions 5% more expensive, while it could also bring in $860 million for content creators.

Of course, the suggestions have a lot of drawbacks. First of all, any Internet user would be obliged to pay the Internet tax, regardless of whether he or she is downloading content for free or purchasing it legitimately. In addition, the license does not allow public sharing of files, which is a serious limitation for most file-sharers. Secondly, the tax will be paid on a “per device” basis, including home connections and cellphones, which means that you may be required to pay multiple times even if you are not a pirate.

In the meantime, Internet service providers have voiced concerns that if the suggested legislation were adopted, the Internet piracy problem would be placed on the shoulders of ISPs, because they would have to collect tax from their subscribers. Finally, even rights owners seem to have problems with the proposal, pointing at lacking the suitable system for distribution of royalties and the potential legalization of piracy, causing the undermining of fledgling digital services.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-12-18 16:48:06)
livevil avatarits not like they need more money, lets be honest.
its not like the actors are getting paid less.
have you seen how much these people get paid for doing next to nothing?
"we are making alot of money but we need to be making more"

let it burn.

posted by ET babyET lover (2014-12-18 17:53:08)
eNdEmiOn avatar"encourage the pirates to buy rather than steal"
You would think that torrent enthusiasts would know by now that stealing and making a copy of something are 2 different things. So don't do as the big copyright holders do and further establish this false notion that digital piracy is the same as stealing.

For the ones that don't see the difference. If I were to scan your kitchen table and then print it with the 3D printer of the future producing an exact copy. You could never consider this theft as your property is still in your possession.

posted by (2014-12-18 20:05:17)
No avatarLook...your example is just idiotic. See, that table you liked so much....that you shot & 3D printed....you may NOT have stolen it from that person, but you did steal any money the designer & manufacturer of the table would earn. It's stealing, and yes, I steal plenty online. You just cooked up 1 scenario....although I'm sure your table printing business is booming.

How about if I break into your house & steal x-mas gifts? I of course knew they were bought using Visa w/theft insurance.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverTurtle (2014-12-19 00:17:09)
Carjacker avatarThere are some discrepancies in the math:
"Although no details were officially announced, the media reports suggested an annual fee of up to $5 per each user. This means that the “tax” may make ISP subscriptions 5% more expensive, while it could also bring in $860 million for content creators."
$5 dollars does NOT translate - or equal 5% - of a subscribers billing unless that math is assuming that all subscribers bills are $100 dollars.

Anyway, it's something to say that all of these proposed legislative actions to curb piracy by using/forcing a 3rd party to bill,collect,serve notice or otherwise uphold Laws that they have no authority to pursue,uphold or even tax for - well, they all have NO provisions or plans , as mentioned, for how to distribute the 'stolen' monies they grab from people through BS plans like this.
As much as all these companies rob and cheat their money-makers to begin with, it is easy to assume that very little to no money would end up properly distributed. This reeks of just another money grab by the 'Entertainment' Industry.

posted by (2014-12-19 15:20:33)
No avatarPersonally id be more than willing to pay 100 pounds uk a year if it meant that we can download any and all internet content without fear of it being legal or illegal, I think a small fee like 5 dollars is fantastic and would gladly pay it if it encompasses all digital content. To be fair I went from 1000 video collection to 800 dvd collection to forget it not another format again. If they charged fair prices piracy wouldn't be so big, remember the promises that digital content would cost less because there no media it has to go on, and in reality we are paying more, no offence 5.99 pounds for a album 10 years old is a rip of, Hell 20 pounds for a movie on blue rays a rip of but buying that same movie or buying say games is either the same price or more in digital format, any one see the con. But we are used to it in the UK as we were promised cameras would not be used to police, just speeding on motor ways, and today its all big brother lol.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2014-12-20 01:25:52)
trialNerror avatarBroadband internet service providers in my area already make a mountain of cash. My "digital entertainment" tax should already be covered in the list of other taxes and fees on the monthly bill.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-12-20 01:52:33)
SirSeedsAlot avatarthat money will go to pockets of russian oligarchy...organized crime government at its best.

posted by (2014-12-23 16:08:19)
krieghoff avatarRussia = Nigeria with nuclear weapons

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