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Apple might get sued in France over unpaid blank media fees

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 10 Mar 2004 8:38 User comments (2)

Apple might get sued in France over unpaid blank media fees Apple has been sued in France by the French record industry association Sacem for not paying the French blank media levy to the organization. In France, just like in Canada and various other countries, the personal copying of copyrighted material is apparently legal, but music publishers and artists are compensated for this right by having a levy -- or "tax" if you like -- on blank media products. In France these products that carry levy include blank optical media (CDR discs, DVDR disc), tapes, HDDs are other devices that can be used to store copyrighted music by an individual consumer.
Apple has refused to pay the levy for its iPod, which for 20GB model would add up to 20 euros ($24.63) on top of the retail price of the device. Sacem estimates that Apple sold more than 20,000 iPods in France last year with the HDDs between 10 and 40 gigabytes.

Now, the organization says that it "will have no other option than to go immediately to court to make sure that the rights of artists, composers and producers are respected."


Source: AP via Yahoo!

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2 user comments

110.3.2004 10:58

Will the Apple logo have another bite taken out of it after this? ;-) Flat fee collection models for compensating copyright holders has potential but is pretty screwed up right now. That SACEM is claiming the moral high ground with statments like {"...make sure that the rights of artists, composers and producers are respected." is just such a bad joke. The way the rights thugs (like the RIAA, SACEM) have divided up and paid out (skimmed?) these monies has been hotly debated within the industry for years and has been portrayed by many song writers and artists as being totally inequitable and unjust. Just more hogwash, BS, and spin I guess.

210.3.2004 14:45

Hear those frogs croaking....

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