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RE: [SLUG] Poland taxes GNU/opensource
- To: "Jason Stokes" <jstok@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: RE: [SLUG] Poland taxes GNU/opensource
- From: "Adam F. Bogacki" <afb3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Nov 23 16:59:54 2000
- Cc: <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Disposition-notification-to: "Adam F. Bogacki" <afb3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Good comment - but, unlike some posters to SLUG, you cannot blame this on
the socialist bogey. Poland currently has a centre-right government wedded
to 'free-market reforms' although their implementation obviously leaves a
lot to be desired. It has had a long history of authoritarian rule, whether
church or state, and a samizdat CD burner sounds like a good idea.
I'm pretty sure there are Linux developers in Poland who can answer your
questions. A web search by 'linux.pl' might be a good idea but my server is
currently only intermittently handling e-mail and refusing access to the
From: jstok@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jstok@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On
Behalf Of Jason Stokes
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2000 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: [SLUG] Poland taxes GNU/opensource/freebeer
Rick Welykochy wrote:
> This is of concern!
> A snippet from the LINK mailing list:
A number of possibilities here:
The Poland tax authorities are confused about the distinction between
"free" and "pirated" software, and are trying to enforce a tax that
applies against illegally copied software on legally copied software
that just happens to have been obtained for free.
Poland has some regressive computer tax or software installation tax,
and it is enforced, TV-license style, against everyone who has a
The Poland authorities don't understand that 50 percent of a commodity
obtained for free is still zero.
There really is a tax that specifically applies to free software in
Either way I'd confirm things with an actual Pole before getting too
worried. A taxation law that silly is too silly to catch on.