The Australian Copyright Agency wants to charge schools a per-page fee every time someone views a web page.

The agency already collects $31 million a year from schools for photocopying protected works, with the money going to Australian authors. The justification for the web viewing fee is based on the same concept, despite the fact that no distinction is made (in either case) for pages created by people outside of the country.

A similar bill died in the Canadian legislature.

Here’s hoping someone in the US doesn’t try to import this incredibly stupid idea.

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