France may tax smartphones as part of "culture" levy

05/14/2013 | Register (U.K.), The · Wall Street Journal, The

A French panel on Monday recommended the government institute a "culture" tax on smartphones and other consumer electronics goods to support film, music and the arts on fears that traditional sources of income for these programs are drying up. The government-appointed committee also called for a levy on foreign streaming-media companies such as Google's YouTube. "Some players in the digital universe profit from cinematic and audiovisual works, but don't contribute to their financing. It's necessary to close fiscal loopholes to restore fairness," the report states.

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