Plenty of countries have blank media levies, that are basically a tax on blank media in case people use that media to copy music or movies. The fees go back to an organization that's in charge of handing it out to the artists -- though, there are questions about how well they actually pay the artists. Over in Europe, apparently they've been considering a change to copyright laws in the EU that would remove copyright levies -- but the plan has been withdrawn from the European Commission, probably due to some pressure from those who don't want to see the levy go away. That's not too surprising. What's more interesting is the description of the levies -- which the story notes are only supposed to cover "legal copying" of content. It later notes that "illegal copying" is not covered by these levies. If that's the case, then what is actually the purpose of the levies? If it's legal to copy the content (for personal or backup reasons, for example) then why should there be compensation involved? The whole point of "legal copying" is that you've already paid what you need to pay and therefore it's perfectly fine to make the copy. Adding in the levy, then, is simply double paying for those who have actually paid for the content -- or forcing people who don't make copies to pay for content they don't own. No wonder some concerned industries are so against having it taken away...
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