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Netherlands To Impose Private Copying Levy

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

01 November 2012


The government of the Netherlands has announced a temporary one-year private copying levy of up to EUR5 to be imposed on smartphones, telephones with mp3 players, tablets, HDD recorders, and set-top boxes from January 1, 2013.

The amount of the levy will depend on the storage capacity of the device, with a levy of up to EUR2 imposed on audio/video players, EUR5 on PCs and laptops, and EUR1 on external hard drives. Also, a levy of EUR0.03 will apply to the purchase of a CD-ROM or a DVD. However, memory cards, USB sticks and gaming consoles with a hard drive are excluded from the levy, and levies on analogue devices will be scrapped.

The new levies are based on a recommendation from the Private Copying Levy Agency (Stichting Thuiskopie, or SONT), a consultative body which represents the Home Copy Association and those to be paid, who include authors, musicians, and actors.

It was acknowledged in July that a temporary scheme would be needed while further decision-making was undertaken, due to European Union rules that authors are entitled to reasonable compensation for a loss that arises from a member state allowing private copying. The government wishes eventually to bring in a system that is better suited to dealing with technological developments.

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