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    New Broadband TAX?

    I just heard the government might be brining in a tax for broadband users.

    Each household with a broadband connection may have to pay £20 a year on top of your subscription!

    Apparently to compensate the music industry, who estimate 7 million people are downloading pirated material.

    What you guys think?

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    I wish them luck with that one. :lol:

    Anyone remember poll tax? Here we go again. lol

    If it was £20 a years and that entitled legal file-sharing then yeah....why not.................................................................................................................

    If that money does actually go to helping the music industry then i welcome this decision. Anyone who works or wishes to work in the music industry will also agree i'm sure.

    the government must be freaking hallucinating.

    Its a load of tosh tbh, they will probably tax our broadband tax before it goes back to the music company. People are saying if there paying tax on it that file sharing and that should be legal as were bloody well paying for it.

    Original Poster

    i dont really mind if they lay off our backs lol

    id pay 20 quid to have my conscience cleared!! I havent bought a CD from a music shop for over 10 years!! This is what the internet is all about! x

    But id rather spend 20 quid on BLANK cds lol!!

    ANYWAY, i dont make profit(ie selling) Its just for my own use x

    Danny_d;4217504

    i dont really mind if they lay off our backs lol



    Same. It's well worth it for some (a lot!) that grab pirated material on a consistent basis.

    If so, what you do is go "mobile" and have all the BB registered to one address.
    LMFAO @ the .gov.uk new pea brained money making schemes.

    Original Poster

    whats the last thing you guys downloaded?,

    LOL

    i downloaded HSM for my niece!!

    I hope that this will never be a true.I am not going to pay for someones illegal downloads.
    Getting a broadband connection doesn't justify that I am going to download illegal music or movies .This is like goverment says that every single internet connection owner is illegally downloading stuff.Nice as hell!!!

    I do like the idea of illegal downloads disconnection . ALL ISPs should be forced to disconnect illegal file sharers. So many people work hard in movie and music industry.So many people got the job there because others got talent .Unfortunately these days so many people are getting illegal stuff creating a very low return within industry. Now I am asking myself what's the point of composing music?I do it itself in my home.That's my main source of income.So what is going in future?We're going to do second or even third degree???

    the dandy p;4217482

    If it was £20 a years and that entitled legal file-sharing then … If it was £20 a years and that entitled legal file-sharing then yeah....why not.................................................................................................................



    +1:thumbsup:

    Bono doesn't need my £20, he'd just spend it on a stupid hat.

    to give to the edge?

    well if tis to compensate the

    Apparently to compensate the music industry, who estimate 7 million … Apparently to compensate the music industry, who estimate 7 million people are downloading pirated material.


    then if im paying£20 a month i should be allowed to downlaod whatever i want

    PENETRATOR;4217588

    I hope that this will never be a true.I am not going to pay for someones … I hope that this will never be a true.I am not going to pay for someones illegal downloads.Getting a broadband connection doesn't justify that I am going to download illegal music or movies .This is like goverment says that every single internet connection owner is illegally downloading stuff.Nice as hell!!!I do like the idea of illegal downloads disconnection . ALL ISPs should be forced to disconnect illegal file sharers. So many people work hard in movie and music industry.So many people got the job there because others got talent .Unfortunately these days so many people are getting illegal stuff creating a very low return within industry. Now I am asking myself what's the point of composing music?I do it itself in my home.That's my main source of income.So what is going in future?We're going to do second or even third degree???



    If you disconnect EVERY person downloading pirated material, then how much money will they lose from not having there custom. THey wont cut them off as it means less profit for them.


    UK will not legislate on piracy
    ""The UK's Intellectual Property minister David Lammy has said the government will not force internet service providers to pursue file sharers.""

    news.bbc.co.uk/1/h…stm

    So the government are taking and passing on £20 for illegal activities? Isn't that illegal itself?

    Actually I though it was for the licensing revenue they will start to lose out on when people start cancelling their TV license and start using the internet instead (NO TV just a monitor)(IE when they charge in they and then they cannot find a TV set and go away with the hump ;-)

    I'd happily pay £20 (would make my free bt broadband not free anymore), I was half tempted to but that Nokia mobile with all the free downloads. Isn't sky looking at bundling legal music downloads with broadband

    armoured-smiler;4220102

    Actually I though it was for the licensing revenue they will start to … Actually I though it was for the licensing revenue they will start to lose out on when people start cancelling their TV license and start using the internet instead (NO TV just a monitor)(IE when they charge in they and then they cannot find a TV set and go away with the hump ;-)



    You need a tv license for watching live tv, whether that be through a tv or through a monitor over the internet. I expect it's alot easier for them to prove that you have been watching live tv over the internet than it is to prove you were watching tv using an aerial.

    Watching recorded tv using iplayer is fine, you don't need a license for that.

    I don't download illegal music but if I get charged £20 per year for this, then I will download £20 of music for free.

    alicep;4703632

    I don't download illegal music but if I get charged £20 per year for … I don't download illegal music but if I get charged £20 per year for this, then I will download £20 of music for free.



    How will it be 'free' if you've paid £20 for it :lol:

    Why just the music industry? Hardly seems fair. I mean, I pirate tons of stuff each week, be it music, movies, videogames, software, TV shows, audiobooks, everything. I tried putting a price on it once. Like, this week alone, although I've downloaded four or five albums, I've also grabbed a couple of Bill Bryson's audiobooks at a value of around a tenner each, the HD versions of Dark Knight and Quantumn Of Solace, and Native Instrument's Komplete 5, which has a value of around £2,000. Why should that £30 worth of CDs I didn't care to pay for be valued higher than the £20 of audiobooks, £40 of movies, and £2k of software and why should only the music industry be compensated?

    I think the only fair way to deal with this situation is for me to print a giant photograph of my knob and post it to the head of EMI along with a note encouraging him to roll it up and suck it.

    what about if you download songs and stuff where it is a pay monthly site, why should be taxed when i already pay to download stuff.
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