EU High Court Upholds Private Copy Levies On First Sale Of Blank MediaPublished on 11 July 2013 @ 7:10 pm
By Dugie Standeford for Intellectual Property Watch
Setting general private copying levies on the first sale of blank media such as CDs and DVDs does not necessarily breach EU law, Europe’s highest court said on 11 July. The law does not allow the levy to be collected where the intended use of the recording media clearly isn’t for making private copies. But it doesn’t bar a general levy system that includes the option of reimbursement where the intended use is not private copying, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said.