Senator Proposes 25 Percent Tax on Adult Websites

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  1. MisterMark

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    Here's how Senator Blanche Lincoln from Arkansas has been spending her time...

    From AVN.COM
    By: Kathee Brewer
    Posted: 5:16 pm PDT 7-19-2005

    WASHINGTON - Draft legislation seeking stringent age-verification standards and a 25 percent tax on all adult entertainment revenues generated via the Web is likely to be introduced in the Senate within the next few weeks, according to information obtained Tuesday by AVN.

    Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-Ark.) initially planned to announce The Internet Safety and Child Protection Act of 2005 Wednesday morning, but changed her mind after it was announced that President George W. Bush would nominate a potential replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Tuesday evening.

    Although under revision late Tuesday, a draft of the legislation places primary responsibility for its enforcement in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission. Violations of the proposed legislation would be treated as violations of the section of the Federal Trade Commission Act that deals with unfair and deceptive trade practices.

    The proposed act is divided into two sections. Title I stipulates “an operator of a regulated pornographic website shall verify that any user attempting to access their site is 18 years of age or older using software certified for that purpose … prior to the display of any pornographic material, including free content that may be available prior to the purchase of a subscription or product”(emphasis added). Title II attempts to fund enforcement of Title I and various other activities related to children and pornography by imposing a 25 percent tax on gross website receipts. The bill also would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include a revenue category called “Internet Display or Distribution of Pornography.”

    http://www.avn.com/index.php?Primary_Navig...ntent_ID=233801
     
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    who lives in the east 'neath the willow tree? Sex
    what a monumentally stupid waste of time and resources.

    for one thing, nobody can verify age online. anyone involved in online media knows that kids steal their parents' credit cards to access porn sites all the time - for a lot of sites, the parents in question finding out is by far the biggest reason for subscription cancellations.

    for another thing, if sen. lincoln is proposing this "as a parent, not as a politician," she should be organizing representation of her proposals as a parent with similarly-minded parents, instead of wasting tax dollars on her own pet projects.
     
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    Hmmm....I thought that viewing porn was a first amendment right....under free speech. Does this mean they are going to tax free speech? Somehow this seems an oxymoron.

    jay
     
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    She only did that because she can afford 25%.

    Talk about losing touch with the unwashed masses.
     
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    :D

    So much for the democratic ideal of equal access.
     
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    Taxing vices to A: raise revenues and B: discourage said vices is nothing new, as a smoker (not a proud one mind you) in NYC I know what its like to be taxed to hell and not be able to say a word about it.
     
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    So, Does that mean all Porn sites will get their sites hosted on other countries then?

    ITs so dificult to apply any legislation to the internet.

    Thats why the US Government hates it so much - they cant silence or control it.
     
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    Porn falls under commercial speech, which isn't as protected as political speech.
     
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    Point of clarification, GBO. Sexual arousal is not a vice.

    Smoking may, or may not, be a vice. But it is unhealthy, and should be discouraged. In civilised countries, where health is considered a human right and not a privelege to be purchaed by the rich, they have nationally funded health schemes. Smokers overburden them, and the cost must be recouped though tax.

    Consented sexual arousal in the privacy of your own home, however, is one of the most innocent and least harmful pleasures known to man, woman or beast. And it leans very little on the public purse.

    Of course, the adult entertainment industry must police that proper, adult consent is given by those who make the entertainment, and those who enjoy it. I understand that the industry is assiduous about this. Certainly, on those rare occasions when I unintentionally catch a glimpse of such material, I notice clear instructions on how I might check the age of the actors, if I were kinky about that kind of thing.

    And importantly, the funds come from the industry's own takings. A routine business expense. Porn generates huge economic activity, and--Mr Mark, back me up on this--thus yields huge tax revenue. It costs no more to regulate than banking, retail, manufacturing, you name it.

    To impose an extra, punitive tax...well, that's like taxing beige slacks because they're not to your taste.

    GBO, we agree on most things. Gotta call you on that one.

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    First off: I wasn't saying that I agree with the tax, only that I understand those who want it's motivation. Secondly: I do not believe porn is a vice per se, but it is looked at as such by those that want to censor it.
     
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    I'm form Arkansas. Arkansas is a populists state. Also the Repulican Party here has really used the "Christian right" to make inroads in a normally Democratic state. I think Sen. Lincoln is being a politician here. She is getting her "moral good stuff" in her resume to protect her in the next election for charges by a Republican opponent that she is soft of religion and morals.

    I doubt very seroiusly that Sen. Lincoln cares whether this passes or not. She is a bit liberal for our state. The late Sen Fulbright from Arkanas is considered one of the most liberal senators of the 20th century. He covered his back in the 60's by voting agaisnt the Civl Rights Act of 1964. Later after leaving office, he admitted to doing this. Liberal senators in Arkansas have been doing this for decades now. There is enough liberal vote here to get elected as long as you don't really piss off the rednecks and have them all show up and vote.
     
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    i usually look for free porn anyway.
     
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    I think if this passes it will still be hard to enforce. Most likely it is something to make the politicians look like they're doing something other than the crossword.
     
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