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Dutch rights organization loses MP3 player levy battle

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Jan 2008 18:53 User comments (2)

Dutch rights organization loses MP3 player levy battle A Dutch organization that compensates artists with levies collected from sales of blank media has failed to remove a Government block placed on the formation of new levies for MP3 players and related hardware. The court in The Hague upheld the Government's previous decision to freeze possible levies for MP3 players because it found that the the artists' rights bodies were not distributing levies on blank CD and DVD media efficiently as it is.
The Government's defense is simple; why trust such organizations with the distribution of more revenue when they already do not function properly? "You cannot give such a system the responsibility for a new levy if you know that it is not working properly," a justice ministry spokesman said.

Marnix Langeveld, legal affairs executive of the rights organization Norma, accused the ministry of basing its arguments on old numbers. "Technology has advanced and people more and more use MP3 players and DVD recorders with a hard disk to copy instead of single CDs or DVDs," Langeveld said.

It is Norma's opinion that artists are suffering from the evolution of how people consume digital content, and so much be protected by use of a levy.

Source:
Reuters


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2 user comments

19.1.2008 13:50

The Dutch government is right. Artists should be protected by giving them more royalties from their own album sales, not by putting extra fees on every product that has anything to do with sound reproduction. Oh sorry, that would mean the almighty studios get a couple million less profit per month... Eh

Edit: herein lies the truth:

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...the artists' rights bodies were not distributing levies on blank CD and DVD media efficiently as it is.
Yeah they didn't distribute it at all, I guess... They kept the whole thing.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Jan 2008 @ 13:55

210.1.2008 1:24

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The Government's defense is simple; why trust such organizations with the distribution of more revenue when they already do not function properly? "You cannot give such a system the responsibility for a new levy if you know that it is not working properly," a justice ministry spokesman said.
I like this the organization it self is faulty. LOL!!!

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