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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

admiral snackbar Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (699 comments)

I disagree. If I had a bar and hired a bouncer, I could give him instructions as to who to let into the bar and who not (some discrimination restrictions of course would apply). The way I see AdBlock is that it is a bouncer with a hardwired set of ads it will allow, and what it will not allow in terms of ads. As long as I, as a consumer/customer, am aware of what restrictions AdBlock places and how it profits from what it does, I am 100% fine with it. It's my choice to use the program or not.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

admiral snackbar Re:Great (602 comments)

True, but does the combined level of taxes on capital add up to the same level of taxation as someone earning the same amount through labor? In my opinion it should add up to the same amount. If I as a citizen make 100k a year through dividends and capital gains, I profit about as much from the government as another guy making 100k a year through working a job. We should pay roughly the same level of taxes, as we gain roughly the same amount of benefits from living in an orderly, governed society and we make roughly the same amount of money. Corporate income taxes are a valid way to ensure that all sources of income can in the end be taxed at roughly the same percentage. There may be alternatives, but corporate income tax is no more or less valid than a personal income tax or a capital gains tax. How the government achieves that same level of taxation is less relevant to me. My problem lies with corporations that evade taxes. Not only does that problably lead in some cases to a situation where someone making 100k in capital income pays less tax than someone making 100k in labor income, it is also unfair compared to for example smaller companies that don't operate internationally and therefore can't use dodgy tax evasion measures. Why would it be fair if the mom-n-pop store on the corner pays a higher percentage of corporate income tax than Walmart, just because the latter can shift its taxes to whereever it wants? Is that fair competition?

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

admiral snackbar Re:Great (602 comments)

That corporation relies on the government for much of its ability to make a profit. Without a government, who would protect the corporation from thugs who rob and steal? Without a government, who ensures that the roads are there to allow the corporation to move its goods? Citizens have to pay for these government services, why shouldn't corporations pay a share as well? (Alternatively, you could of course just remove the corporate income tax, and raise the capital gains tax to the same level as the regular income tax, then you just shift the moment of taxation, but not the level). But the principle remains that corporations make profits because the government pays for the police and the roads and it is no more than fair that everybody chips in to pay for the government services they use. Whether you do that at the corporate level of the personal income tax is irrelevant, but looking at it from the perspective of tax rates in the US, the capital gains tax alone is not enough to ensure that everybody pays a fair share in my opinion.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

admiral snackbar Re:Algorithm (602 comments)

If that is the case, Apple would soon learn to slice their business into different units, and have the unit incorporated in country X to pay taxes there over their 15% profit margin, and have the more profitable business unit incorporated in country Y pay corporate income tax there over just the more profitable business.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

admiral snackbar Re:Algorithm (602 comments)

For me the real problem isn't that some corporations don't pay taxes in some countries, its that some corporations hardly pay taxes anywhere. That is the real problem. I don't mind Starbucks not paying taxes in the UK, as long as they pay a fair share of taxes somewhere. What I would do is this: I would demand from all corporations operating in the country an overview of the corporate income taxes they pay anywhere in the world. If this is the same or more than the national corporate income tax rate, I would not add any tax. If it is lower, I would take cut of the lower amount equal to the percentage of total business they do in the country. Example: Apple makes 10 billion profit a year and pays 500 million in corporate income tax (anywhere in the world), while the corporate income tax is 25%. So they should have paid 2.5 billion in taxes, a shortfall of 2 billion. If they have 50% of their revenue in the US, the US should take 50% of the shortfall, i.e. 1 billion. This way, you avoid double taxation and you still force corporations to pay a reasonable tax to some country at least. In your example, theoretically Apple could have shifted all their profits to the UK and paid a regular 30% (or whatever the corporate tax rate is there) corporate income tax, and then also be forced to pay in the US over their revenue share (if the US implemented your system)

about three weeks ago
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Facebook To Overhaul Data Use Policy

admiral snackbar Re:A relevant link: (216 comments)

NSA can't snoop on Facebook? Right.......

about a year ago
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UK Court: MPAA Not Entitled To Profits From Piracy

admiral snackbar Re:Well, of course. (159 comments)

I disagree. I am very sure that whenever the MPAA wins a lawsuit (and unfortunately that happens too), they will publish the result in order to inform/intimidate the public as to the validity of their claims. If the times when the MPAA loses are not published, people might get the perception that the MPAA always wins. Which would be bad.

about 2 years ago

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European Court of Human Rights finds against copyright law

admiral snackbar admiral snackbar writes  |  about 2 years ago

admiral snackbar (2559943) writes "The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably."
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