The French want to tax search engines

October 31st, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

French President Francois Hollande is considering a pushing for a new tax that would see search engines such as have to pay each time they use content from French media.

Hollande discussed the topic with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, during a meeting in Paris on Monday.

Hollande says the rapid expansion of the digital economy means that tax laws need to be updated to reward French media content.

Oh yes, lets tax the service that allows us to find content on the . Moron.

Google has opposed the plan and threatened to bar French websites from its search results if the tax is imposed.

As they should. Imagine the howls of complaints. Would get the Government tossed from office in days.

Germany is considering a similar law, and Italian editors have also indicated they would favour such a plan.

I’m sure they do. Clinging to a failed business model.

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15 Responses to “The French want to tax search engines”

  1. wreck1080 (3,726 comments) says:

    Maybe some of the problem is that google are using legal loopholes to avoid paying French tax altogether? By transferring profits such as Starbucks has been doing.

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  2. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    Opens up a lucrative hole for publishers of news content about these countries, outside these countries.

    Morons.

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  3. flipper (3,538 comments) says:

    Yes, DPF….

    But all Hollande is doing is staking a claim BEFORE it is stolen by ECOSOC, Helengrad’s funding arm, ECOSOC, published a paper in April 2012 that would, among otherworld tax matters, impose TAXES on and control ALL internet transactions. ECOSOC WANTS a decision by December. The US State Dept , during the POTUS campaign assured Congress members that Obamination would not agree by EX order. The pity is tha our MFAT refuses to disclose NZ’s position.

    Guess where the “monies” to be stolen from us will go?

    Yep, that is right, to Helengrad’s UN “Development” Fund. Purpose? To “correct the current immorality of the world economy.”

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  4. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Hollande is an idiot. Only last week he was wanting to ban homework because, apparently, its benefits favour the rich, who can afford places for their kids to study and they have the time to support them

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  5. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    What will the use the inevitably ever diminishing tax for ? Presumably promoting French language and culture

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  6. Mark (1,360 comments) says:

    I think it’s a great idea. Each time you get a mention on google you get paid. Farrar you would be rich lol

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  7. Kimble (4,377 comments) says:

    QUICK!!! Someone make a quip about this being hastily added to the Greens economic policy before the Greens finish adding it to their economic policy!

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  8. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Don’t worry about the French. They are so indebted that before the end of next year they will join the pigs.
    “socialist heaven” is is nick name.

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  9. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    You know, I can see both sides of this argument. Google is effectively making money by providing content that another organisation has paid their employees to investigate (sometimes…) and then publish – Google is not paying these reporters and publishers for the information. They are effectively making money themselves using someone else’s work. Although on the other hand they do only provide a sample of the article, therefore Google can argue that they are driving readers to their sites and maybe the news organisations should be paying them for the service they are providing. Maybe these news organisations are just too dumb to realise they could use this to their advantage to generate greater readership….

    What am I saying, they’re French.

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  10. gazzmaniac (2,317 comments) says:

    Bevan – there is no requirement for a newspaper to publish their stories online. The fact that they do means that there must be something in it for them.

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  11. Kimble (4,377 comments) says:

    At French shops all the newspapers are kept under a tarp to prevent people being able to read the top headline for free.

    This proposal is merely an extension of this existing law.

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  12. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    The Greens would welcome search engines blacklisting NZ content – It seems patently obvious that the contraction of the NZ economy is the principal objective of their economic policy.

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  13. DJP6-25 (1,268 comments) says:

    It looks like they’re trying to find new sources of OPM. I hope Google et al tell them in no uncertain terms to get lost.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  14. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Bevan – there is no requirement for a newspaper to publish their stories online. The fact that they do means that there must be something in it for them.

    Of course there is something in it for them – they get a new medium to publish and distribute their wares and hopefully collect extra ad revenue. Are you saying that if a news organisation has the audacity to publish their own intellectual property via their own website, then Google automatically gets rights to partially reproduce without authorisation?

    It may surprise you, but Google does not own the Internet or have automatic rights to its content.

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  15. Manolo (13,339 comments) says:

    It seems patently obvious that the contraction destruction of the NZ economy is the principal objective of their economic policy.

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