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France to tax non-Windows tablets?

Posted on Thursday, December 30 2010 @ 05:36:05 CET by

TechDirt reports the French government is planning a new private copying levy that would apply to all tablets except devices running Microsoft's Windows operating system because these models will be classified as full computers:
The tax would apply to any iPad or Android-based device, but apparently Windows tablets won't be counted, since they'll be classified as full computers, while the other tablets are in this new taxable category. Not surprisingly, this has some companies up in arms, with the French-based Archos particularly steamed, since it's producing Android-based tablets, and doesn't like the fact that its government seems to be giving preferential treatment to an American company.



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