Tomorrow’s Online Music Tax

The latter part of this quote from an article in Portfolio.com is overblown: “It’ll be a government-approved cartel that collects money from virtually everyone — often without their knowledge — and failure to pay their tax will ultimately result in people with guns coming to your door.”

But the underlying criticism of a proposal to add a $5 fee to people’s Internet service in order to license music downloads is on the mark. It’s a horrible idea, another hidden tax that would punish people who don’t use the Internet to download music just because the music industry has stubbornly resisted changing its business models for the 21st century.

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