German court sets copyright levy on new PCs

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 28 2004 @ 17:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The District Court of Munich has ordered Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding) BV to pay a copyright levy on new PCs.

The landmark decision, announced on Thursday, ends a nearly two-year dispute between the largely Germany-based computer maker and the country's VG Wort rights society, which has sought compensation for digital copying.

VG Wort had filed a suit against Germany's largest PC maker, Fujitsu Siemens, seeking €30 (US$41) for each new computer sold in the country. The court agreed to a €12 copyright levy.

More info at IT World


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