Home copying levy extended for two years

The home copying levy introduced at the beginning of this year will be extended for two years, junior justice minister Fred Teeven has announced.

Everyone who buys a smartphone, tablet or set-top box currently pays a levy of up to €5 to cover the cost of home copying. Computers and laptops are subject to a €5 charge while the price of a CD-rom or dvd includes a three cent levy.

The levy may also be extended to cover e-readers but a decision on that will be taken later, the minister said.

The cabinet said last year the levy would run for one year, while efforts continue to find a better alternative.

At the moment, consumers pay a home copying charge on empty cds and dvds. The money raised goes to a special foundation which will divide up the cash between the various interest groups.

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