Digital Video and Music Piracy – A Land grab for Taxes on the Internet

But this is only the beginning of the Grand Master Plan. The Government of the United States of America, in coordination with other International countries, is making a major crackdown on Digital Music and Video Piracy. The RIAA (Recording Industry Artiste Association) and the MPAA (Motion Picture Artiste Association), authors of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has pressed Congress to take action by going after Colleges and Universities by way of threatening to withhold Title IV Federal Aid under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This came into effect on Thursday July 1st 2010 AD, but a day prior, on Wednesday June 30th 2010 AD, (for it is a day that will long be remembered by College and University Students in the United States of America), a crackdown had been initiated against file sharers as Senator Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America, had been promising for a week prior to Wednesday June 30th 2010. So far, some of the favorite hangouts of the younger generation [read College and University Students, aged 18 to 28] are now closed, which in their little universe, would be the equivalent of Al-Qaeda bombing a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Restaurant. Not surprising, if you happened to have perused the research note of fifteen (15) year old Morgan Stanley Intern, Matthew Robson in an article published in the Guardian Newspaper in England in 2009. in which he pointed out the worrying trend of young people wanting Copyrighted Material for free, apparently blissfully unaware that this is tantamount to stealing, or simply “smash and grab” as per the words of Senator Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America.

Effectively, this cleanup is a precursor to more Internet Sales Taxes. Throw in Gaming otherwise called gambling into the mix and you can see why enforcement of Copyright Laws internationally is worth pursuing. H.R. 2268 would impose a 2% federal “Internet Gambling fee” and require that the IRS be notified of taxpayers’ winnings. H.R. 4976,  which would allow the State Government to impose a 6% Gambling tax, thus collecting nearly fifty eight billion (US$58,000,000,000) dollars in tax revenue by the year 2015 and create thirty two thousand (32,000) jobs in the process based on a study done by the H2 Gambling Capital, a gaming consultancy, Thus one can see why the earlier decisions were being championed by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in a bill titled H.R. 2267, which would allow Internet casinos to obtain licenses from and be regulated by the Federal Government. A similar decision was taken by the French to open up their Gaming and Lottery Industry to Online Gambling.

Self-regulation is inadequate, as Government intervention in the operations of Telecom Providers is needed to curtail Digital Music and Video piracy on behalf of Local Reggae and Dancehall Artiste and all holders of Copyright Intellectual Property, both locally and internationally. A long term solution will be the combination of crackdown on illegal downloading worldwide, 3-D HDTV Technology and the coming of the free White Space Frequencies, can be utilized via “Super” Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) to allow Remote Access by Blu-Ray players and Set Top boxes to check the authenticity of any Blu-Ray disc or content on a customer’s playback device. Reggae and Dancehall Artiste may soon begin to reap the benefits of their hard hours of labouring in the studio once again, especially as they are under pressure from Europe and the United States of America to clean up their act. Action against downloaders, the latest action being taken by French Authorities by High Authority for Dissemination of Works and Protection of Rights on the Internet (Hadopi) to go after downloaders directly is a more permanent solution, with Internet subscribers losing their Right to Access the Internet as the raiding of Internet Servers that host pirated material continues.

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Lindsworth is a Radio Frequency and Generator Maintenance Technician who has a knack for writing about his work, which is in the Telecoms Engineering Field. An inspired writer on themes as diverse as Autonomous Ants simulations, Power from Lightning and the current Tablet Wars.

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