Remember when we started to see taxes and fees tacked onto blank CDs because the music industry said that they wanted a cut? Now that most people have taken the plunge into digital music (iPods and MP3 players), there appears to be a push towards taxing USB Flash drives. A fee was proposed by SONT of the Netherlands that would effectively tax USB Flash drives. Yeah, the Dutch people don’t want that. In fact, their government is behind him on this anti-effort, with Dutch justice minister Hirsch Ballin saying that the tax is not a good idea.
The idea behind the levy is that it would compensate music artists for “revenue lost to private copying,” much like what they did with blank CDs and cassette tapes. Others have said that this fee is “bizarre”, considering that most Flash drives are used for storing documents and images, not music.