Entertainment lobby wants home-copy tax

An entertainment industry lobby group is threatening to take the Dutch state to court over its demand for an extra tax on mp3 players like ipods, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

The Stichting de Thuiskopie (home copy foundation) collects royalities for the film and music industry which have been paid on blank cds and dvds. And, it says, mp3 players should also be subject to a recording fee, the paper reports.
A law which made such a levy possible was frozen in 2007 because of legislative flaws.
‘We have been trying for a year to reach a new deal with the industry,’ foundation spokeswoman Hester Wijminga told the paper. ‘In the end, we failed. We are now considering going to court to force through a fee.’
The makers of mp3 players are strongly opposed to the levy. Instead, artists’ royalities should be paid through the tax system, they say.

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