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[FYI] (Fwd) GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?! (fwd)
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- From: "Axel H Horns" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 20:39:13 +0100
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Ich habe das seit langem befuerchtet. Allerdings haette ich eher
damit gerechnet, dass diese Idee zuerst im BMF ausgebruetet wird ...
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Subject: GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?! (fwd)
Date sent: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 14:00:32 +0100
From: Nils Lohner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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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
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,
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