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BSA: Hardware Without Software Not Tax Deductible

May 26, 2010, 14:32 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Krátký)

[ Thanks to Robert Kratky for this link. ]

"The Czech Ministry of Finance along with the BSA threaten to disallow deducting hardware from base tax if purchased without software. This idea stems from their joint proclamation that for software to be used legally, it must be bought – thus completely ignoring the existence of free and open source software which can be obtained legally without any purchase whatsoever. The Ministry and the BSA have issued a press release which basically labels all users of 'free software' pirates. Many public organizations and companies have expressed their dismay at such actions of the Ministry.

"The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic (MFCR) has lent its name to a very strange activity – the so-called anti-pirate organization, BSA (Business Software Alliance) which associates many producers of software (such as Apple, IBM, or Microsoft) had penned a press released that has been published through official channels by the Ministry of Finance. The press release is signed by the first deputy minister and the spokesperson of the BSA. Note that the BSA is not even registered in the Czech Republic and as such has no legal presence in the country."

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