Apple is asking to repeal the “author’s collection” at the Russian customs 13




Apple is asking to repeal the “author’s collection” at the Russian customs 13

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Since 2010, the importers and manufacturers of electronic devices to pay so-called “designer collection” in the amount of one percent of the value of the goods when imported to the territory of Russia. Under this collection contains all the electronic gadgets that can burn, rip and store music or movies, and its aim is to redress holders who may suffer financial loss from copying their works.

Association of trading companies and manufacturers of computer equipment (RATEK), which includes Apple, Samsung, Sony and major Russian retailers, considered the fee excessive and made a request for its abolition in the Ministry of Economic Development and the Chamber of Accounts. According to the association, it is unfair to charge a fee for devices that are not designed for copying copyright content – such as home appliances, projectors, photo frames and so on, “Vedomosti”.

Cancel “copyright fee” would allow Apple to lower the price of the device sold in Russia. The final cost of the gadget, as a rule, increases with increasing customs duties. For example, the cost of the new MacBook Pro in Russia is big already – after the upgrade, it increased by five, and even six thousand rubles.

At the same time, the iPhone, and iPad, and Mac computers may well be used for copying and storing of legal content. In the first case, the “pirate” film in two clicks downloaded via iTunes, in the second – through the torrent trackers and other “pirate” sites. Therefore pravoobladatelskogo cancellation fee can be negatively perceived by industry representatives, and justifiably so.

By the way, before the Economic Development Ministry itself supports the proposal to cancel the additional customs duty. It is possible that the Ministry posodeystvuet Apple and other manufacturers.

It is no secret that the level of “piracy” of content in Russia for rolls – so that members are forced to take “anti-piracy” law, and make it the new amendments. The absence of serious responsibility for copying movies and music does not add to the Russian users desire to buy them in the iTunes Store and other stores.

Legal expert Alex Rich people believe that the “collection copyright” makes no sense.

From the fact that this collection exists, the Russians will not be less than download movies or music. It is necessary to deal with the root of the problem, not solve it by the manufacturer.


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