France expected to cut iPod levy in time for Christmas
by PETER SAYER
Macworld, publication date: 25 November 2005
"In France, as in some other European countries including Germany and Italy, it is legal to copy music for private use - but in return the law imposes copyright levies on blank media, including cassettes, CDs, DVDs, hard drives and flash memory devices. The copyright levy is intended to compensate composers, performers and producers for revenue opportunities lost due to private copying of music."