State pays 33.5 million to the Foundation Thuiskopie after settlement




The Dutch State and Stichting de Thuiskopie have ceased their legal battle concerning the amount of private copying remuneration in the period 2007-2012. For freezing the private copying regime in 2007, the State will pay a fee of 33.5 million euros.

Foundation Thuiskopie Foundation Thuiskopie made ​​the agreement public through its website. According to the interest the lawsuit with the State is appropriate and results in a payment of EUR 33.5 million to the Foundation Thuiskopie. Who will use the money to compensate with authors and copyright holders. The reason for the charge was freezing the private copying regime by the government in 2007. This was not enough money collected by the foundation with the private copying levy. The legal procedure was already since 2009.

Earlier came the Dutch State already with Norma, to pay the foundation for managing the related rights, agree a settlement amount of 10 million euros. The government decided in 2007 not to extend the private copying regime for devices such as MP3 players and the levy on blank CDs and DVDs not increase. The reason for this were problems with accountability and distribution of the money collected by the Foundation include Thuiskopie. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that the freeze was unlawful.

In 2013 the fee was revised so that now also devices such as MP3 players, cell phones, laptops and hard disk recorders covered by the scheme. According to the indictment, the government has thus in the preceding period, by not taxing these devices, collected enough money with the private copying regime. In 2015, the system is re- revised , partly because the European Court ruled that the Netherlands should set a download ban.


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