Subject: Re: GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?! (fwd)
From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 19:19:48 +0100

I find this extremely offensive, and I hope there is an international
court where we can sue the Polish government for Libel.

  Comparing free software with MS is insulting and intolerable.
  Free software is infinitely more valuable than anything MS has to
offer, and the Polish company should be taxed for all its worth.

  And since we are discussing such issues, I think we should:

  - request that all Polish users of the "free" internet explorer be
taxed, on the basis of the latest commercial price of Netscape
navigator, or any other commercial navigator.
  - modify the GPL so that GPLed software can be distributed in Poland
only for an extravagant price.
  - ask Poland to pay for all the free science it unduly gets from
other countries, and which is used by its companies.
  - suggest to the Polish government to forbid civil servants from
drinking vodka during office hours.

BTW  do you have some e-mail addresses ....

... and none of this was meant to be offensive to the Polish people,
only to their officials.


  Bernard Lang

 BTW one major difficulty when sending second hand computers for free
to Africa is that they try to tax them at the border.

On Mon, Nov 13, 2000 at 02:00:32PM +0100, Nils Lohner wrote:
> This is a message that was sent to the debian-devel mailing list, and I'm 
> sure there will be followup discussions on the debian-legal mailing list.  
> If people have any ideas or comments, I'm sure they'd be appreciated.  I'll 
> try to find a URL for the information as well if possible.
> Thanks,
> Nils.
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> Hello,
> About month ago one of the local fiscal office in Poland has laid 
> a tax on some company in Poland which uses Linux servers and 
> StarOffice apllications. This information appeared in the past week
> in Polish edition of Computerworld. AND THIS IS NOT A JOKE.
> The fiscal office has treated GNU software as a DONATION for this
> company with a price on the level of M$ Windows NT and M$ Office
> prices. According to the Polish tax regulations this company must 
> pay about 30% (thirty percents) of these values now. So much.
> Three weeks ago Computerlworld has asked Polish Treasury about 
> an interpretation of a term of donation in case of GNU software.
> Nobody from the Treasury replied yet.
> Maybe this is a less problem for commercial Linux distros like 
> RedHat, Mandrake, Suse, Caldera etc. because these product have 
> small prices  and they can not be treated as donations but only as 
> expenses. I hope because there is still not clear issues concerns 
> prices of GPL, LGPL, Artistic, BSD licenses within the scope of Polish 
> tax regulations.
> What in a case of Debian GNU/Linux servers?  I have some fears.
> I am not sure but maybe some official letter from the Debian community 
> to the Polish Treasury may change something in their mind.
> Greetings from Poland,
> Mariusz Przygodzki
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