Alright, so I heard about this on the blog-o-sphere and found it truly bizarre. Apparently in its inestimable wisdom, Jordan customs has identified a new potential source of income. Tax MOVIES before they can be shown. So, it’s not enough to tax movie-goers or any one of the other 6000 taxes we’re paying to see a movie. Now they’ve added a new one on the film rights. Hunh?
This is just about as bizarre as they tax they put on external consultants. Did you know that if you bring in a speaker from abroad to raise the level of intelligence and exposure of people in Jordan, you have to pay an import tax? On a person? So, I guess the better question is… why not movie rights. I can’t imagine a single step that would more quickly turn people to counterfeit movies downtown. And, after all, if those new releases stop coming out, there’s NO WAY people would just stop going to the movies, right? Oh, yeah. Maybe they would. And there goes that tax revenue, hunh?
Happy Risky Business!