COPYRIGHT 
Record labels, film, television, technology 
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By Victoria Shannon, International Herald Tribune

A useful summary of the pros and cons of levies on hardware such as photocopiers, technology such as CD Burners and CDR discs etc: These are widely used in Europe (but not the UK) to compensate copyright owners – extra charges on hardware to make up for the ease of copying.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/11/22/business/ptend23.php