Coalition seeks to reform EU copyright levies
Out-law.com, publication date: 06 April 2006
"But technology has moved on. Private copying now takes place largely on digital devices and Member States have moved to impose levies on these too – charging a levy on the purchase price of equipment such as CD recorders and MP3 players and blank media such as blank compact discs.
Critics argue that this creates a multiple payment scenario where consumers pay for permission to copy at the time of download, and are charged again – one or more times – in the purchase of devices used to play the content."