Well, here’s one way to make money off the Internet: the city of Philadelphia has started charging bloggers $300 for the privilege of documenting what they had for dinner, and how they felt about the ending of “Lost.”
The city reasons that any blog with the potential to make money is fair game, so they want a cut, demanding bloggers pay for a privilege business license, plus taxes on any profits they may have made from ads. The problem is, most blogs make little to no money at all — far less than the $300 charge — yet the city doesn’t care. Their reasoning: “simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business.”
What do you think? Is this a fair way for Philadelphia to raise capital? Should other cities, cities like Fresno that also are cash-strapped and have a blogging community, follow suit?