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FAS is against the anti-piracy tax too

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) does not approve the idea of charging the Internet users an anti-piracy tax, said the Deputy Minister for Antimonopoly Anatoly Golomolzin.

“We believe that telecom services industry must support the accelerated economic growth. Manufacturers of good and services should be taxed, not the enabling industries. There should be no obstacles or constraints on them,” – he said.

 

The Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov said earlier that the anti-piracy tax may cost the Internet providers hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The telecom companies are effectively forced to install new equipment; those projects are very costly,” – the minister explained. “Which will simply result in increased price of access to Internet, and we cannot allow that happen.”

InOctobertheRussianUnionofRight-holders suggested a new way to charge for the use of copyrighted online content. The telecom companies would be charged based on the number of their customers, and the proceeds would be split among the right-holders.

The executive director of the RussianUnionofRight-holders said that the annual fee would amount to 300 rubles and would be charged per Internet connection. “If you have a WiFi at home and 3G on your phone, you should pay twice for the Internet access and for the global license,” – he said to TASS. According to his forecast, the total annual Internet tax revenue would reach $860 million.

In the beginning of December the largest Internet providers addressed the President a letter, asking not to tax the Internet users for the benefit of copyrighters, because that contradicts both the Constitution and the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, violates the privacy rights as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization standards.