Jens Of Sweden Won't Subsidize Recording Industry's Lack Of Business Model

from the take-that dept

Looking for a new MP3 player? How about one from Jens of Sweden? I have no clue if they're any good, but they seem to be standing up to the recording industry. Like a few other countries, it appears that Sweden charges some kind of "copying tax" for blank media that can be used for copying music. Unlike in Canada, that includes mp3 players. However, as pointed out by Constitutional Code, Jens of Sweden has refused to pay the tax, saying that it doesn't make sense. In fact, Jens Nylander said a bit more about what he thought of the industry and the tax: "It's not our problem that the record industry hasn't come up with its own solution.... In my opinion the compensation should be built into the price. To be able to transfer a song to an mp3 player should be included in the purchase of the music."

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  1. identicon
    DigitalBomb, Sep 14th, 2005 @ 6:20pm

    Rediculous Tax

    A Swedish tax on the recording of blank media.


    Even America does not have a tax that rediculous. (I take that back.)

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    Hedwig Mathijs, Sep 15th, 2005 @ 12:26am

    Re: Rediculous Tax

    Of course, the tax is not for the 'recording'... the tax is for the 'blank media' on which you can record.

    But I guess even that is a silly tax if you consider that this way you're paying twice for the ability to record: once when you buy the song, again when you buy the blank medium on which you want to copy it.

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    Fredrik, Sep 15th, 2005 @ 4:48am

    Re: Rediculous Fee

    It's not a tax - it's a fee from a private company Copyswede ( ) and they distribute the money to the big recordcompanies (yep thats right - the small record companies get zip - nada)

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    Lisa, Sep 15th, 2005 @ 7:31am

    Re: Rediculous Tax

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    Eugyx, Sep 15th, 2005 @ 12:30pm

    No Subject Given

    Same thing in Spain, where a body formed by the so called representants of artists (SGAE) get money from the sale of blank media. Of course, they tell you that if you are going to record your own stuff there you don't have to pay that, so, they ask you to claim them the return of the fee (a few cents for a CD), knowing, of course, that the process of claiming is more expensive than what you get back. And here too.. they only partner with the big ones.

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