[nycbug-talk] taxing free software
Mon Jan 31 10:43:05 EST 2005
On Jan 31, 2005, at 10:34, G. Rosamond wrote:
> Had a long discussion about open source software in Poland with a
> Polish network admin.
> Apparently, the Polish government levies massive taxes on the use of
> free software.
> It's done in this manner:
> the tax is 22% on software. . . So you install Sendmail or some MTA,
> and it's free. How does the government determine what the 22% is
> based on? By a similar product like MS Exchange. So if Exchange
> costs $1000, you have to pay the government $220 for using a free MTA.
> Anybody heard of this before? It seems completely ridiculous. Why
> not tax tap water at the rate of the cost of a Pepsi. . .?
Well, it should be easy to get around with BSD licensed software.
SImply make a cheap non-free fork whenever you need it :)
No, I have never heard of such a thing before..
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