I Now Want To Download Everything He’s Ever Made

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Whining ‘artists’ want more…..and more……and more…..again!!

From QMI Agancy:

We had a first taste last week of what a Bloc-Liberal-NDP coalition would cost taxpayers if they happen to win the next general election.

More than 100 Quebec artists showed up on Parliament Hill to demand amendments to Bill C-32 on copyright. The music lobby wants the federal government to introduce a brand new tax on digital music players and related media devices.

These demands represent nothing less than a transfer of money from often poorer consumers to better-off artists, whether their product is consumed or not.

And the lefty coalition jumped right on board.

The proposed amendment by the Union des artistes would add a $10 to $25 tax to an item’s price. Your next computer, iPod, BlackBerry or Xbox would cost you more, and this extra money will go to artists. This proposal, simple and attractive at first glance, contains many flaws:

1) It seems to take for granted that all consumers steal, copy and pirate. Otherwise, why hit them all by taxing them?

2) We will pay this surtax on products whose use may have nothing to do with the artist who will receive our money.

3) It will push many consumers to buy those products south of the border where that tax wouldn’t apply. This would disadvantage our local merchants, whose competition in American cities within a short drive of our border must be salivating.

4) No link has been established between pirating and the decrease in sales. On the contrary, some American studies tend to prove the opposite. Because this encourages the sales of other products and shows, the more an artist is copied, the more popular and wealthier he becomes.

One of the main spokesmen for the Quebec artists’ coalition to tax us more is Luc Plamondon, a famous songwriter.

Even though he has worked for most of his life in Quebec, we learned a few years ago his permanent address for more than five years was in Ireland, when the country exonerated artists from paying income taxes.

When this privilege was abolished by the Irish government in 2006, Plamondon deserted the Emerald Isle to find refuge in another fiscal paradise, Switzerland, where he brought a $3.6-million luxury condo.

Nobody is questioning Plamondon’s incredible talent or his deserved wealth.

There is nothing reprehensible, either, for an individual to try to avoid paying high taxes and keeping as much of the money he has earned as possible.

But there is something completely indecent in Plamondon entering the political arena to ask the government to tax us all even more so he could get a bit wealthier. It’s as indecent as the Rolling Stones using offshore fiscal loopholes to pay taxes of only 1.6% on their income since 1985 ($7.2 million out of $450 million), or Bono using Ireland and now Amsterdam to escape taxes while promoting an anti-globalization agenda.

That being said, creators have rights. New technologies make it more and more difficult to protect property rights.

This is exactly what Bill C-32 is aiming at.

We love our artists and we want to protect their work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are ready to hand them our paycheque.

The Bloc-Liberal-NDP coalition in Ottawa needs to understand the idea of a star tax is not so shiny.

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