It must be great to be a copyright holder these days. You can whine and moan about how internet pirates are stealing your bread and butter. How the whole world is against you. And then you hold out your greedy hand and ask for a little help, similar to the way homeless people beg their way to their next score.
In Germany the copyright holders have come up with a great new way to further exploit their pain and misery: a new €54 levy on new computers.
But this time they are taking it too far, said Oliver Ahrens, general manager for Acer Germany at press event at CeBIT.
"It gets a never ending story. Next will be the DSL modem and then the mobile hard disk? It looks a bit like a cash collection game."
"Acer's impression is that the copyright association is trying to find out how far it can go."
All fairness is lost in the way that the copy-lobby is exploiting its misery. "You can not have fees on the media and on the scanner and the pc and the optical device. You have to decide."
I suddenly got a warm feeling for Acer inside.
[Entry copied from the vnunet.com CeBIT blog]
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