Internet freedom is being curbed everywhere whether it is United States, United Kingdom or India. Everywhere sites are being banned in the name of piracy or communalism. Downloading any content like movies, software or music is illegal almost everywhere. ISP’s are capping download limits for users; governments are trying to shut down pirate sites everywhere. Even if you want to download any content for your personal use only then also it is illegal.
But there stands a nation called Netherlands
where downloading any kind of content let it be movies, softwares, music or apps from anywhere piratebay or warez-bb remains legal. Recently there were talks in Netherlands parliament on how to curb piracy & the officials have decided that ‘A download ban does not solve the problem of unpaid downloads and it also infringes on the privacy of individual users’, these were the words of Kees Verhoeven, an MP, one of the authors of the legislation. Instead, a tax will be added to the cost of smartphones & electronic devices on a permanent basis. The aim of the tax is to compensate copyright holders for revenue lost through illegal downloading.
The new law means the Netherlands will not go down the more reckless road taken by nations like France, which have enforced “three strikes” laws that force ISP’s to block Internet access to users who found guilty of downloading illegal content from the internet. The Netherlands already has a similar tax on blank media, such as writable CD’s and DVD’s. The new law will unfold the tax to all electronic devices sold in the Netherlands, including hard drives, laptop’s, PC’s, smart phones and personal video recorders. Dutch rights holders estimated the new tax could bring in around $80 million (€60 million) initially to compensate for revenues lost through piracy in Netherlands.
Is this the ultimate solution for governments all over the world? Will this solution be enough to cover all the revenues lost by piracy?
Please share your comments and experiences on the comment area.
Source: Torrent Freak News