”LAN party tax” hits Swedish gamers

category: parties [glöplog]
On top of that, I wouldn't trust a bureaucrat to figure out that demos aren't freemium versions of commercial games.

Anyway, this is more liable to be a problem for events the size and nature of Dreamhack -which means that the penalty per head is completely insignificant. Let's calm the hell down, this isn't the Swedish GEMA bomb.
added on the 2013-06-28 02:44:26 by Shifter Shifter
psonice: compare it to a fruit-machine at the train-station, because that's what this is aimed at. "Accessible" means that people can just randomly walk up to it, and "to generate income" means it's been placed there and set up in a way so as to take money from the people randomly passing it.

The computer you bring to a LAN-party you paid a ticket to enter does not qualify here.

In short: what Shifter said.
added on the 2013-06-28 10:02:01 by gloom gloom
gloom: hopefully you're right, and I can definitely see why a place selling gaming time (especially if they offer prizes) might be taxable.

However, my faith that politicians would be able to get that right is pretty low. And my faith in the ability of some lawyer smelling a profit to interpret the poor wording the politicians come up with in unexpected ways is high ;)
added on the 2013-06-28 10:33:56 by psonice psonice
psonice: it's this kind of thing that deserves the exact amount of attention to make the politicians go "Oh, well that wasn't what we planned at all, thanks for pointing out the edge-case", but not the "OMG! THEY ARE DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRAZY! CALL ANONYMOUS!"-reactions I've seen all over.
added on the 2013-06-28 11:08:16 by gloom gloom
i guess we can say there are two equally stupid sides to it: the side where politicians come up with some good idea to regulate some area where they have zero competence, and manage to fuck it up in a bad way, and the side where people jump to the wrong conclusion and panic :)
added on the 2013-06-28 15:46:39 by psonice psonice
It remains to be seen how LAN parties are being treated in Sweden, but meanwhile in Finland, the whole Assembly PARTY PLACE is being sold to Russians!?!! http://yle.fi/uutiset/russian_owners_take_over_helsinki_arena_jokerit_join_khl/6 710570
added on the 2013-06-28 16:23:41 by yzi yzi
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”In the eyes of the law, these are slot machines. There is no difference,” Johan Röhr, general counsel at the Gambling Board, told the computer magazine M3.

Wow! I thought that could only happen in Greece. (Remember the law to ban games back in 2002)
added on the 2016-11-09 21:44:12 by Optimus Optimus