Private copying levies go down through download ban




The copying levies as from 1 January average down. This is a consequence of the download ban imposed by the European Court of Justice. There is, however a private copying levy for e-readers.

At this time the amount of private copying levies still between four cents and 6.05 euros, but because it is download ban was introduced , the charges go down. That leaves the government know. The private copying levy is intended to compensate copyright holders for private copying of their work that users make, but now downloading from illegal sources is forbidden, do damage is not compensated for. Because it is still allowed to make a private copy ‘, for example, a music CD, the private copying levies remain.

On average, the fees down. In the old situation was, however, a distribution based on storage capacity; this division seems to have disappeared now. In some cases, the private copying levy is therefore still up: on tablets with less than 16 gigabyte storage capacity is now 3.02 euros levied on private copying levy, whereas euro 3.50 per unit in the new situation in all cases. For devices with more than 16 gigabytes of storage, the charge or down, from 6.05 euros to 3.50 euros. The same scenario applies to HDD recorders, set-top boxes and smartphones.

In addition, the government will introduce a charge for e-readers from 70 cents. So far was no need for private copying levy paid. When purchasing an e-reader For recordable CDs and DVDs, the charge is lowered from 4 to 2 cents; External hard drives 70 cents is to be paid from 1 January. On PCs rest from then a charge of EUR 3.50, where it is now 6.05 euros. MP3 and video players are from January 1 charge 1.40 euro levy.

The tax only applies to consumers; companies can recover the charge. Netherlands has a download ban in April, when the European Court ruled that downloading Netherlands from illegal sources may not allow.
Product Old charge New charge
CD-R € 0.04 € 0.02
Dvd € 0.04 € 0.02
External HDD € 1.21 to € 2.42 € 0.70
Hdd Recorder / Set € 3.03 to € 6.05 € 3.50
Smartphone and other phones with music player € 3.02 to € 6.05 € 3.50
Tablet € 3.02 to € 6.05 € 3.50
PC / laptop € 6.05 € 3.50
E-reader no € 0.70
Audio / video player € 1.21 to € 2.42 € 1.40


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