Speaking up against our would be soviet overlords.

http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2010/10/france-to-fight-piracy-prop-up-music-industry-with-new-subsidy.ars?comments=1#comments-bar

The french government decided that piracy is a big problem, and they have the solution... they will teach young people to buy music... by subsidizing music purchases with taxpayer money.

They declare it as a dedication to preserving their culture, alongside that push they also intend to subsidize books over ebooks, and purchase "free" subscriptions to newspaper for all citizens in favor of online media consumption, again, using taxpayer money. Alongside those, punitive taxes will be levied on new technologies that threaten the protected distribution methods.

I don't know where to even begin deriding those plans. They are, first and foremost, theft. Just because the government is doing it doesn't mean its right, you cannot take someone's property against his or her wishes and do with it as you please.

Beyond this, those plans induce stagnation by supporting obsolete media in favor of newer, better media. Don't you wish the governments of the world taxed the car industries and subsidized the horse and buggy companies so we could enjoy the culture of riding horses instead of cars? no? well me neither.

Furthermore there is the issue of pollution. Instead of pollution free digital distribution, they wish to support dead tree products. With newspapers its even worse, as they have to be constantly reprinted, shipped daily all across the country, then shipped to waste facilities to be destroyed.

How long do you think they can keep up with such reckless spending until the French suffer the same economic meltdown that happened in Greece?


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on Oct 17, 2010

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on Oct 18, 2010

the MPAA and RIAA have just to o much power.  And I refuse to support their dictatorship.  France today, but I would not be surprised to see the uS do it too.  They have a lot of politicians in their pockets.

on Oct 18, 2010

Sounds like some pretty powerful lobbiests. $$$

on Nov 10, 2010

@Nitro Cruiser: Can you imagine the kickbacks politicians are getting from such a deal?

@Dr Guy: I am pretty sure I have seen suggested laws similar to that here, but so far they aren't passed AFAIK. But it is pretty scary.

I would point out that MPAA and RIAA are "of America"... and that there ARE local equivalent organizations... but both MPAA and RIAA have been active overseas IIRC.

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