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What better way to steal ideas than with property tax?

by LenSp / February 27, 2008 11:10 AM PST

The one tax that irks me the most is the property tax. Why? Because a property tax on something tells me that I don't own that item -- I am simply leasing it from the govt. as long as I continue to pay the property taxes.

While getting more responsibility from copyright holders has some appeal (darn you evil Disney!), property taxes on intangible ideas would be very risky in that it would be an easy way for governments around the world to appropriate ideas easily.

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by Nicholas Buenk / February 27, 2008 9:08 PM PST

I guess government could argue there are services they need to do to for your property that they need to be paid for.... like pavement and road in front of it etc.
If the government has to enforce copyright law, might as well make the copyright owners pay for it, they're the ones who want the law enforced.

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It is a lease of sorts.
by Renegade Knight / February 28, 2008 3:20 AM PST

Since the government (all of them) have taken the "rights" of the tribes (all orginal non titled land ownwers) and then delegated them back out keeping for their own some authority (police powers and tax), and some rights (air, mineral usuallY). You are right to think that you really are only leasing the property as long as you keep up with the tax.

Same concept with intellectual property. What used to be free in the world is now protected by the govrnment. In exchange for that protection that lets you market your creations...the tax make it so that you can do that as long as you can keep up wiht the tax. It's an interesting concept.

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