From the bill‘s list of what would be taxed:Six percent of this blogs income would certainly fill the states coffers to the lip...
(V) A NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE, PERIODICAL, CHAT ROOM DISCUSSION, WEBLOG, OR OTHER SIMILAR PRODUCT THAT IS TRANSFERRED ELECTRONICALLY.As Gus points out, it isn’t clear to which blogs this would apply. Would it be only blogs behind a paywall like those of Gus’s employer The Baltimore Sun (kudos to Gus for using that word – there were rumors of a crackdown on the usage of it by Sun staff when the paywall started.)
Presumably it could include some of the pay RSS feeds Amazon does for Kindle as well. There’s also an Amazon tax like other states have tried, according to Sentementes.
Depending on how the bill would attempt to tax blogs there are definite free speech questions.
One day you wash up on the beach, wet and naked. Another day you wash back out. In between, the scenery changes constantly.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
O'Malley Declares War on Internet
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