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Originally posted by neo96
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by neo96
Printers are primarily for business and education. I print daily at work. The law requires such records.
At home? .pdf all the way.
Then it's time for the law to change to pdf all the way needs to catch up with the times.
Originally posted by jude11
Originally posted by Bedlam
So, if I'm already paying for the assumption that I'm doing it, does that now make it totally legal for me to print any copyrighted document I want? After all, I've already paid the tax.
Sounds like you have the right to do so seeing as you have paid the licensing fee.
Originally posted by iwilliam
This is ridiculous.
So, presumably, if you buy one of these printers that's been taxed, you should be able to legally print out anything you choose, because you've already paid for the right to do so, right?
When Steven Vicinanza got a letter in the mail earlier this year informing him that he needed to pay $1,000 per employee for a license to some “distributed computer architecture” patents, he didn’t quite believe it at first. The letter seemed to be saying anyone using a modern office scanner to scan documents to e-mail would have to pay—which is to say, just about any business, period.
If he'd paid up, the IT services provider that Vicinanza founded, BlueWave Computing, would have owed $130,000.
The letters, he soon found out, were indeed real and quite serious—he wasn't the only person getting them. BlueWave works mostly with small and mid-sized businesses in the Atlanta area, and before long, several of his own customers were contacting him about letters they had received from the same mysterious entity: "Project Paperless LLC."
In 2008, PRS for Music began a concerted drive to make commercial premises pay for annual "performance" licences. In one case it told a 61-year-old mechanic that he would have to pay £150 to play his radio while he worked by himself. It also targeted a bakery that played a radio in a private room at the back of the shop, a woman who used a classical radio to calm her horses and community centres that allowed children to sing carols in public.