European Commission to review copyright levies

October 2006

Record labels, music publishers, film

The European Commission has unveiled plans to set up streamlined systems for copyright levies across Europe. The levies exist to compensate artists and other creators for unauthorized copyright by consumers use – essentially giving consumers permission to make private copies, but in return charges a levy on media and devices used to make them – including photocopiers, cassettes, discs, CDRs and MP3 players. These levies are then passed on to the copyright owning community as compensation for the copying that is assumed to take place. The EC’s aim is to make levies more consistent, both across different member states and between different technologies.

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