In Paris, France manufacturers are being asked by government advisers to pay a 1 percent levy on the price of smartphones and tablet computers to help keep funding for such works alive, as more and more end up online and beyond the reach of existing taxes.
“Considering the weight of cultural content in connected devices, it is legitimate that those who make and distribute the equipment contribute to the financing of its creation,” according to the report, produced under the guidance of a former television executive and journalist, Pierre Lescure.
Under cultural exception broadcasters must meet quotas for French music and television programming, for example, and prices for books are set by regulators.
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