Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 16:19 | Posted in Blogosphere, Finland, Germany, hyperlink, internet, it, Media, Not serious, TV | 3 Comments

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the absurd plans in Denmark and Germany to impose a TV license fee to computers connected to the Internet. The justification behind the media tax is that it is technically possible to watch TV with such a computer.

The TV license is collected in most European countries to finance the public broadcasting services. The rules and regulations are a bit different in each of the countries but basically you have to pay the fee if you have a TV receiver regardless of what you watch. Just having a television in your home justifies the assumption that you watch public television because it is possible to do so with the TV set you have.

As from next year, Germany is going to introduce a compulsory TV fee for computers attatched to the web. The fee will be 17,83 € a month. I do not know the avergae price of a DSL connection in Germany but I pay 22,90 € a month for my max 1 Mb/s connection here in Finland. The current TV fee in Finland is around 17 € a month depending on whether you pay for three, six or 12 months at a time. This would mean that if a similar Internet tax were to be introduced here, my access to the web would cost me almost twice as much as it does today. I do not have a TV set.

Farlion has come to the brilliant idea of imposing a blogging fee for public broadcasting and other government organisations reading his blog. The fee is, of course, 17,83 € a month for each IP address that he will detect in his logs. And because it will be technically possible for the organisations to return to his blog, he is going to send out the bill on a monthly basis.

I just thought that I could join Farlion in this action to show my solidarity with the German Internet users. But I am going to call it the slander fee. The German term is going to be Verleubnungsgebühr whereby the intentional misspelling is identical to that of Callboy Torsten.

Basically, I am going to impose this slander fee on German visitors who detect anything in my blog that they judge to constitute a slander. Reading any of my blog content that the reader detects and recognizes as non slanderous will be free of charge. The list of organisations includes but is not limited to public broadcasters, members of Bundestag, public prosecutors, government agencies and ministries of all sorts except public libraries where members of public have access to the Internet.

In addition to the slander fee, the German Health Ministry will be imposed a slander linking fee, Verleubnungsverlinkungsgebühr because they no doubt have all technical possibilities to put up hyperlinks to anything in my blog that they may find slanderous. So it will be 17,83 € a month for everybody else conserned but 35,66 € for all IPs under the Health Ministry. My bank details will be sent together with the first invoices.

As many German bloggers are enthusiastic about Farlion’s idea, he has asked for assistance from various segments of the blogging community. Lawyers are asked to help him draft the rules of the blogging fee and web designers are expected to deliver propositions to a special blogging fee button to be included in participating blogs. The blogging fee is about to become a pointless demonstration against a pointless media tax which is exactly why this blog, while outside German jurisdiction, is supporting it.


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  1. […] On Tuesday I wrote about the slander fee (Verleubnungsgebühr) to be imposed on German public organisations as a protest against the absurd plan of a media tax targetted against computers connected to the Internet. I have now added this button (courtesy of Sven) in my side bar to express my solidarity with the German Internet users in their justified struggle against the stupid GEZ fee. […]

  2. preposterous! Actually I was fuming the other day over the audacity of the government to make me buy television converters. I feel entitled to easily accessible and free public television, maybe I am overindulged. At least it has not gone so far as a public television fee. There is something to be said for the quality of european public television programs though.

  3. I purged my TV last autumn as analogue terrestrial transmissions were discontinued here. No point in buying a 50 € digital adapter to see an increasing number of channels that I do not want to see. I find everything I want in the web for the price of my web connection (currently 29,90 €/month for 2 Mb).

    Actually, my sisters bought me an adapter as a birthday present but I took it back to the store and changed it against a vacuum cleaner. I might even once in a while have a somewhat cleaner floor. 🙂

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