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Belgian Media Group Demanding Copyright Levy for Internet Access 162

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the mighty-morphing-copyright-rangers dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this tidbit from PC World about Sabam's latest demand for copyright levies: "Sabam, the Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers, has sued the country's three biggest ISPs, saying that they should be paying copyright levies for offering access to copyright protected materials online. Sabam wants the court to rule that Internet access providers Belgacom, Telenet and Voo should pay 3.4 percent of their turnover in copyright fees, because they profit from offering high speed Internet connections that give users easy access to copyright protected materials, the collecting organization said in a news release Tuesday." Sabam has previously demanded money from truckers for listening to the radio, and wanted to charge libraries royalties for reading to children.
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Belgian Media Group Demanding Copyright Levy for Internet Access

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  • by donnie Freyer (2881319) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @12:56PM (#43601695)
    Muppets.
  • by FilmedInNoir (1392323) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @12:59PM (#43601725)
    Sorta... well no, It's still highly illegal and you can get sued for making an illegal copy.
    For example: some Canadians got sued for coping "Hurt Locker" (The erotic comedy about two gay shoe store employees and their love of leather uppers.)
    The tax was a socialist attempt to remedy the issue but in reality it's just a tax for the sake of tax.
    IMHO: I don't even think it's the money Sadam and the other organizations are after, it's more about the distribution control, since it gives them credence to exist at all.
  • Hello (Score:5, Funny)

    by MightyMartian (840721) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @01:03PM (#43601757) Journal

    Welcome fellow Belgians. We at Sabam, being sociopaths, wish to tax your internet usage, your radio, and yes, even your libraries. You should be pleased that a group of malicious psychopaths like us have latched on to this particular game, because otherwise we'd probably be stalking playgrounds and public washrooms for victims that we could molest, beat and possibly even cannibalize to fulfill our obscene lusts.

    So fork over lots of cash to us, or we'll be forced to start fulfilling our other fantasies, and you will never feel safe in a public space again.

  • by Shoten (260439) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @01:03PM (#43601767)

    Well now, the result of last week's competition when we asked you to find a derogatory term for the Belgians. Well, the response was enormous and we took quite a long time sorting out the winners. There were some very clever entries.

    Mrs Hatred of Leicester Said 'let's not call them anything, let's just ignore them'... ...and a Mr St John of Huntingdon said he couldn't think of anything more derogatory than Belgians.

    But in the end we settled on three choices:
    Number three ... the Sprouts (placard 'The Sprouts'), sent in by Mrs Vicious of Hastings... very nice.
    Number two..... the Phlegms (placard) ... from Mrs Childmolester of Worthing.
    But the winner was undoubtedly from Mrs No-Supper-For-You from Norwood in Lancashire... Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards!

  • by tekrat (242117) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @02:11PM (#43602519) Homepage Journal

    Every Belgium citizen paying a 3.4% tax year after year, or Belgium citizens pooling their money to hire a hitman to kill every last top-dog in this organization?

  • by Lithdren (605362) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @03:46PM (#43603475)

    Set some rate, say a 5%...

    ...negotiate/litigate among themselves on how to divide up that 3%

    You work in Hollywood accounting, dont you? Somehow I dont object to this.

  • by roc97007 (608802) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @04:07PM (#43603655) Journal

    Sorta... well no, It's still highly illegal and you can get sued for making an illegal copy.

    For example: some Canadians got sued for coping "Hurt Locker" (The erotic comedy about two gay shoe store employees and their love of leather uppers.)

    This is entirely untrue, in Canada, making copies of AUDIO recoding for personal use IS legal.. This only applies to Audio content, not to movies, etc. This is also why the levy is only on CDs, not on DVDs for example.

    ...but but but.... I like to play video files through the speaker, for the sound it makes.

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