UK Game Devs Say No to “Alice in Wonderland” Piracy Tax Proposal

The trade group which represents game developers in the UK and Europe has slammed a British proposal to tax all users of broadband Internet services.

The measure, submitted by Communications Minister Lord Carter, is designed to compensate media companies for losses due to online piracy.

However, MCV UK reports that Richard Wilson, CEO of game developers organization Tiga, ridiculed the idea as, "the tax policy of Alice in Wonderland."

Here are more of Wilson’s comments:

The idea that a universal tax on broadband bills should be imposed in order to compensate entertainment companies for losses incurred from piracy and illegal downloads is wrong in principle. Innocent people should not be required to pay heavier broadband bills because of the activities of criminals…

Government policy should aim to provide broadband… at the lowest possible price to consumers and businesses. The last thing that UK businesses need in the current economic climate is another tax… A Broadband tax makes no sense. It is the tax policy of Alice in Wonderland.

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