Private copying levy

  1. Amazon Battles European Tax Levy on Blank CDs

    July 12, 2013 5:09 AM EDT Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, it was commonplace to put movies, music and other content on blank CDs and DVDs. This also was a moment when the entertainment universe was familiarizing itself with the disruption of file-trading, and one ...

  2. France's SACEM Revenues Up 7.5% Last Year

    July 13, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Sacem, the French authors and publishers collection society, has just announced 7.5% growth in 2010 to €819.6 million (about $1.16 billion), the agency's first growth that's exceeded inflation in five years, according to Sacem report. In ...

  3. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  4. ole Prez Hits Out At Canada's Bill C-32

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The president of ole, Canada's largest independent music publisher with more than 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of television music, has criticized the current proposed legislation to modernize the nation's Copyright Act. In a statement, ...

  5. Spanish Authorities Demand Digital Levy Refund

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Catalan regional government and several other local administrations in Spain have demanded collecting society SGAE return taxes paid since 1987 on purchased devices that can be used to record protected cultural content. The European Union' ...

  6. European Collection Societies Welcome Anti-Piracy Ruling

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European collection societies have welcomed a European Court of Justice ruling that upholds the principle of an anti-piracy "digital copying tax" on consumer media and equipment used for reproduction, as applied in Spain and most other E ...

  7. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  8. SGAE's Copying Levy Income Outstrips Record Sales

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a miserable year for Spanish sales, for the first time ever Spanish authors body SGAE collected more money from a home-copying levy on consumer electronics/blank media than it did in mechanical royalties from records. The collecting society ...

  9. Court Approves German Private Copying Levy

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Munich's Court of Appeal has reversed the injunction it had previously imposed on the German Central Organisation for Private Recording Rights (ZPÜ) regarding the introduction of a private copying levy on computers. The original ruling on Feb ...

  10. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  11. PPL International Revenues Up 40%

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. recorded music licensing body PPL collected £21.6 million ($33.2 million) of international revenues in 2009, an increase of 40% on 2008. PPL has 45 deals across 24 different countries, which represent 90% in value terms of the performance rig ...

  12. Charlie Angus Introduces Copyright Amendments

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus , the Canadian party's digital issues critic, has introduced two proposals to amend the Copyright Act. The two proposals, first reported by Billboard.biz last week , are designed to "help b ...

  13. Charlie Angus Set To Propose Canadian MP3 Player Levy

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry sources say Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, the NDP's digital issues critic, is preparing to enter a private member's bill next week proposing the country's private copying levy should be extended to MP3 ...

  14. Court Challenge To German PC Levy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Regional Appeal Court in Munich has issued an injunction against the central organization for private recording rights, ZPÜ, in Munich to refrain from fixing and publishing a tariff for the remuneration for private copying for PCs. It follows ...

  15. French Societies Reveal Neighboring Rights Income

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST French labels' collecting societies SCPP (which includes the four majors) and SPPF unveiled initial figures for 2009, both subject to later fine-tuning. SCPP income was down 11.3% year-on-year to €61.9 million ($89.6 million), a drop SCPP att ...

  16. German Societies Agree PC Copying Fee

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German collection societies GEMA, GVL (German Collecting Society for Performers and Phonogram Producers), VG Wort (literature) and VG Bild-Kunst (pictures, artist) have come to an agreement via their common holding company ZPÜ (Central Organis ...

  17. German Biz Loses Private Copying Case

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German record-industry has failed to successfully fight against provision 53 of the country's copyright law at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. That provision allows the digital copying of CDs for private use. The con ...

  18. Sacem Mechanical Revenues Down 15.9 Per Cent

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French authors' and publishers' collecting society Sacem has revealed a 15.9% decline in income from CD and DVD mechanical rights to €100 million ($139.9 million). While its headline results had already been unveiled in January, Sacem ha ...

  19. Sacem Collections Dip

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST French authors' rights society Sacem has reported collections of €756 million ($978.5 million) for the financial year ending Dec. 31 2008, a decrease of 0.4% on 2007. Sacem has yet to reveal detailed figures but noted the continuing decrease ...

  20. French Producers Call For Increased Private Copying Tax

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST French producers' collecting societies SPPF and SCPP (which includes the four majors) unveiled contrasted figures for 2008, both subject to later fine-tuning. SCPP income was down 4.8% to €58.3 million ($76.5 million). According to SCPP, the ...

  21. Canadian Copyright Board Raises Tax

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Copyright Board has announced it will raise the tax on blank compact discs to 29¢ (US$0.23), a 38% increase. Previously the tariff on blank recordable CDs was 21¢ (US$0.1679). The tariff is collected on behalf of the Canadian Private ...

  22. Spanish Legal Revolt Against Digital Tax

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madrid's High Court is set to turn its attention to Spain's music biz this fall as several groups prepare appeals against a digital tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing digital sound and images. The so-called & ...

  23. Spain Ignites 'Digital Canon'

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish consumers will from July 1 pay a special anti-piracy tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing sound and images. The tax, known as the "digital canon", arrives 18 months after its scheduled date following so ...

  24. Mixed Feelings About New Canadian Copyright Legislation

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian government tabled new copyright legislation today (June 12), and while some in the entertainment industry applauded it, others said they would take a wait-and-see approach. The new law will allow consumers to freely transfer purchased ...

  25. EU's McCreevy Calls For Forum On Copyright Levy

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A forum should be set up to resolve a long-running spat over levies on recording equipment to compensate performers for lost royalties, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said on Tuesday. Big electronics companies such as Philips, No ...

  26. Japan Ponders "iPod Tax"

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan may introduce a private copying levy on sales of portable digital music players and digital hard-disc recorders, according to media reports. The government's Cultural Affairs Agency will this week propose introduction of such a levy, wh ...

  27. France Taxes Multi-Media Cell Phones

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-enabled mobile phones will be taxed in France starting May 1 under the private copying regime. Mobile phones featuring audio and/or video functionalities with a memory of more than 128 MB, will be hit with the tax. Government officials repor ...

  28. Canadian Collective Won't Appeal MP3 Tariff Decision

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says it will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that turned down an application to add a tariff to MP3 players. The levy of up to C$75 ($74) on MP3 players received approval from the ...

  29. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  30. Publishers May Appeal Block On 'iPod Tax'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Collecting society the Canadian Private Copying Collective says it may appeal against a court ruling which has blocked its efforts to obtain compensation for music creators through extending Canada's private-copying levy to cover "digita ...

  31. Spanish Parliament OKs 'Digital Canon'

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Spanish music industry received a belated $46 million Christmas present on Thursday when Parliament approved a new digital tax in its last full session before the general elections on March 9. The so-called "digital canon" will apply ...

  32. CRIA Against Blank Media Levy

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unexpected move, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has come out against a levy on blank media in a court filing, arguing the fees paid appear to allow for the justification of free downloading on peer-to-peer networks. CRIA, ...

  33. Canadian MP3 Tariff Fee To Be Reintroduced

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) won a decision on July 19 from the Copyright Board of Canada to reintroduce a controversial tariff fee into the sale price of MP3 players in Canada. The CPCC, the Toronto-based non-profit collective o ...

  34. Sacem Posts Collections Decline

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of 755.9 million euros ($1.02 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2006, a decrease of 0.2% on 2005. "This is the first time since 1992 that collected revenue decreases fr ...

  35. Canadian Tariffs Drop

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Board of Canada May 11 revealed the Private Copying Tariffs for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that lessens interim tariffs for music rights holders. The figures were published in the federal government's Canada Gazette. The Canadian Priva ...

  36. EC Pres Asked To Explain Copyright Tax U-Turn

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ten chief executives from top IT and electronics firms including Philips, Nokia and Sony today appealed to the European Commission to revive plans to reform the copyright levy system that compensates artists. The executives wrote the Commission pr ...

  37. CPCC Introduces Private Copying Tariff

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) today (Feb. 9) proposed a new private copying tariff for 2008 and 2009 to the Canadian Copyright Board, which has the authority to set tariff rates in Canada. The current private copying tariff expire ...

  38. Trade Groups Applaud Brussels' Copyright Levy Decision

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST European authors, songwriters and artist groups have welcomed the decision by the European Commission to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics. It comes after Commission President José Manuel Barroso said mo ...

  39. EC Shies Away From Copyright Levy Changes

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is to shelve its plans to reform the copyright levy system for consumer electronics after concluding that the political fallout from such an initiative would be too high. Despite pledging to propose reforms before the end o ...

  40. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in Europe. The commissioner -- who is due next mont ...

  41. EU Commissioner Calls For Copyright Levy Changes

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy confirmed Wednesday (Nov. 29) his plans to overhaul the system of copyright levies on consumer goods that currently compensate artists in E European Union internal market commissioner Ch ...

  42. EC To Shelve Copyright Levies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists fear revenues will be stemmed. A European Commission document has called for the copyright levies imposed on consumer electronics in Europe to be reduced to a minimum, saying they are often redundant in today's technological environme ...

  43. 'Culture First' Launches To Protect Levies

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Campaign put forth by authors, songwriters, artists. European authors, songwriters and artists launched a high profile campaign in Brussels Wednesday (Oct. 18) to protect copyright levies on consumer electronics. The “Culture First” campaign inclu ...

  44. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  45. EC Proposes Copyright Levies Cut

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system on copyright levies, and to boost intellectual property rights. The European Commission today (Sept. 13) unveiled plans to set up a clear, efficient system ...

  46. Mixed Reaction To Oz Copyright Changes

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Proposed changes by the Australian government to copyright laws have been met with a mixed reaction from the local music business. As part of the proposed reform of the country's Copyright Act, unveil Proposed changes by the Australian govern ...

  47. Mixed Reaction To Oz Copyright Changes

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Proposed changes by the Australian government to copyright laws have been met with a mixed reaction from the local music business. As part of the proposed reform of the country's Copyright Act, unveil Proposed changes by the Australian govern ...

  48. Toronto's Vortek Hit With CD-R Penalties

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed down a substantial penalty on to a Montreal-based computers and software manufacturer that did not pay federally-mandated private copying levy. The Federal Court of Canada in Toronto has handed dow ...

  49. Belgian Consumer Group Loses Private-Copy Case

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept of private copying as an exception, which does not override copyright protection. Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept o ...

  50. Belgian Consumer Group Loses Private-Copy Case

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Belgium victorious in protecting copyright. Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept of private copying as an exception, which does not override copyright protection. On Sept. 9, the Brussels-based app ...

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