Godefricus writes: "Outrage ensued today among Dutch techie and media websites, after a government report which was published yesterday. The report advises (article in Dutch, google translation) that the dwindling print media industry should be financially supported by the online industry, to help them fund "innovative initiatives." The suggested implementation of the plan is taxing a percentage of each ISP-subscription, and give the money to the papers.
The report, which was sollicited by the Dutch parliament and written by a committee of its members, specifically states that "news and the gathering of news stories is not free, and the public must be made aware of that."
The report is not conclusive, but from here it's just one step toward legislation proposals.
Both industries are largely privately owned in The Netherlands — and yes, if you were wondering, the current government is centre-left wing.
Who needs an RIAA if you can build one into your government? And hey, why invest in the future if you can invest in the past?"