These past few days there has been quite a buzz about a law being discussed to add a tax to all “writable media” (such as CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, flash drives, etc) in order to create a fund to “compensate” and “incentive” artists.
Of course, leaving aside that the funds would be distributed in a very greedy and unhelpful way, it would also assume that anyone who buys a recordable CD is actually going to pirate music/video in some way.
By now I assume you can see how this is wrong on so many levels. I would actually have to pay a tax to record a CD with Ubuntu, or a personal backup, or even just use it as a coaster.
I can’t stress enough how absolutely stupid something like this would be, this has already been implemented in Spain and has failed miserably.