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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    [EN] France’s SACD calls for overhaul of rules ahead of Netflix launch

    No Brasil, quem arrecada é o Ecad ou é o E-cade-o-meu?

    France’s audiovisual distribution rules must be reformed ahead of the arrival of Netflix in September, according to rights collecting society the SACD.

    The SACD has called for an overhaul of the French regulatory regime along with a review of the system of financing film and TV content creation.

    According to the organisation, the current rules for the distribution of films are outdated and have failed to keep pace with the changes in consumption patterns amongst the wider public or with the need to develop and promote the legal distribution of content online.

    However, rather than align itself with those calling for what it describes as a “total liberalisation” of the regulations, the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) said that what is needed is an equal treatment in regulation of all distributors – specifically meaning that new web-based distributors such as Netflix should be obliged to bear a share of financing the creation of French content and European content shown in France from the time they launch an offering targeted at the French public.

    Ahead of a wider reform of European audiovisual services rules, the SACD called for the introduction by France’s authorities of recommendations in Pierre Lescure’s report on the evolution of the ‘cultural exception’ that would see media regulator the CSA given powers of oversight of digital distributors and the power to oblige them to commit to supporting production of French and European content.

    More broadly, the SACD also called for content rights holders to take collective responsibility for ensuring content creation commitments are adhered to in their discussions over selling rights to VoD providers based outside of France.

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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010


    France is pushing for a Europe-wide Google tax
    October 11, 2013

    The French have had enough of the way Google and its ilk approach tax issues. A series of initiatives to raise cash from the digital economy have failed, among them a push to re-write international tax rules at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, another to tax online advertising, and yet another to tax mobile devices that can connect to the internet. France has also abandoned ideas of a national tax on the technology sector, rightly concluding that it would only be to its own detriment.

    The latest plan, first suggested last month and publicly aired at a conference in Paris as the government tries to drum up support, is more ambitious. France is pushing for a the European Union as a whole to adopt a minimum tax on digital companies, which it will formally introduce at an EU summit meeting about the digital economy later this month. Details are scarce but a new continental tax would avoid problems posed by differing regulatory and tax regimes in different countries. And it could be pushed through without interference from the United States, which is vehemently opposed to meddling European bureaucrats stifling its successful companies.

    A double-Irish to go, please

    The proposal for a new tax stems from France’s inability to do anything about international tax structures and treaties that allow tech companies to minimize their bills.

    This is is how it works:

    Revenue from its Google’s European operations are sent to Google Ireland, the company’s non-US headquarters. Ireland’s corporate tax rate is 12.5%, among the lowest in Europe. Google Ireland sends the money to Google Netherlands Holdings, which also receives cash from Google Singapore. The Netherlands has no “withholding tax,” which is a compulsory pre-payment of tax similar to the bit lopped off your paycheck. That’s the “Dutch sandwich.” Google Netherlands sends all the booty to Google Ireland Holdings—a second company registered in Ireland but tax resident in Bermuda. Whence the “double Irish.”

    The upshot? Google’s total tax bill is more than halved from the already low amount Ireland expects. And it pays practically nothing in most European countries. Last year, Google paid just under $18 million in tax in the United Kingdom, even though Britain accounted for nearly $5 billion in revenue (paywall). In France the previous year, Google paid €5.5 million ($7.5 million). French tax authorities estimate the real bill should have been closer to €150 million. It’s the same picture across Europe. And other tech firms, including Amazon and Apple, use similar structures. Facebook’s total corporation tax bill on £223 million of revenue in Britain last year was precisely zero.

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