France Considers Imposing 'Culture Tax' on iPhone, iPad

France Considers Imposing 'Culture Tax' on iPhone, iPad

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France is considering whether to impose a 'culture tax' on Apple and Google devices such as the iPhone and iPad, reports Reuters. President Francois Hollande will decide by the end of July if technology giants should be charged taxes to finance cultural projects.

The Socialist government asked former Canal Plus CEO Pierre Lescure to find new ways of funding culture during an economic downturn, in line with France's "cultural exception" argument that such projects must be shielded from market forces.
Lescure's report said taxes on sales of smart-phones and tablets, namely Apple's iPhone and iPad and Google Android products, could help fund culture because consumers were spending more money on hardware than on content.

The proposal could worsen tensions between the country and tech companies following an incident where Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg blocked Yahoo's attempt to buy a majority of French video site Dailymotion.

The tax would be similar to one already paid by television users, TV and radio broadcaster, and ISPs to fund culture projects such as art, cinema, and music.

"Companies that make these tablets must, in a minor way, be made to contribute part of the revenue from their sales to help creators," Culture Minister Aurelie Filipetti told journalists.

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France Considers Imposing 'Culture Tax' on iPhone, iPad

Annoyed - May 14, 2013 at 9:24pm
Can't wait to see all these libtards democrats wanting this. Won't be long before a democrat starts shitting these phrases in the good Ol' U.S of A
gtessier - May 14, 2013 at 3:35pm
What's funny is that France continues to think they are still relevant and a world super power as if it is still 1913, not 2013. They contribute so little to the world now, that if they vanished tomorrow no one would miss them.
DavidG - May 14, 2013 at 12:25pm
That's a stupid tax and it shouldn't be passed but some of these comments are even more ignorant and stupid.
49er - May 14, 2013 at 7:33am
Of course, it is total boll***s. All it will mean is that the French consumer will pay more, thru increased prices - or will simply nip over the border buy their stuff in a neighboring country. Punitive taxation never, ever works!
ukeagle - May 13, 2013 at 11:48pm
To finance cultural projects where people will have to pay a lot of money to enjoy anyway. Culture should be FREE... Way to go UK, where museums are free and people can learn even if they don't have money, they can still be part of society, all it's needed is a little bit of interest.
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