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€300m Per Year Rightsholder ‘Private Copying’ Payouts Face Scrutiny * TorrentFreak

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In 1985, France introduced a levy on blank media, such as cassette tapes and CDs, to compensate rightsholders for copies of their works made for private use. The main source of revenue today is smartphones; a levy of roughly 17 euros per sale means an annual payout to rightsholders of almost €300m. Alongside the streaming explosion and a system unchanged for a decade, one that critics describe as “dysfunctional”, the levy now faces renewed scrutiny.

cassette copycassette copyWhen cassette recorders, VCRs and similar devices hit the mainstream, entertainment companies with business models reliant on customers buying copies faced uncertainty.

The fear of consumer copies was encapsulated by the now-famous words of the MPAA’s Jack Valenti: “The VCR is to the American film producer, as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone,” Valenti said.

With the benefit of hindsight the VCR did more to help than it did to hinder but still, copying carried out privately in…

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