This piece from Wired.com is yet another describing the futile attempts by people who are uneasy about the changes brought about by digital content.
In this latest one, it appears that the French Government has decided that it might be a good idea to tax successful online companies in order to help unsuccessful companies. They think that taxing a company like Google, who has figured out what people want to do, and need to do online, is the way to help other companies who have failed to see the wave of the future and continue to lose money because of free content.
Let’s face it people, there will always be some who do not like change. But this is the way the world is moving. I have written about it on this blog. Many others have written about it on their blogs.
If a company exists that used to make money because they produced highly sought content, and is now losing money because of competition, why does the government or anybody else have any right to just give them money. Either figure out how to compete in this new market, or fail. Those are your options.
Besides the fact that what the French government is trying to do might be illegal, its just plain stupid. Competition moves us forward. Free content is working. Don’t punish the people that have seen the future and moved us there for the sake of saving the near-sighted companies that thought the world would never change.