...to fight piracy! You've got to be kidding me! What will this do... Like every other banned and restricted product, it will make a underground black market.
Sadly, this isn't unprecedented . . . I remember this started in Canada around 15 years ago with CD-R's. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_copying_levy
Even worse with this levy bullshit, the money goes straight to private groups. How this can be an accepted practice in a democracy is beyond me.
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I know it! It takes a bunch of law abiding citizens and treats them like criminals. Then what happens next, 1/2 of the people have to become criminals to buy the product through shady routes. uuugh...
GEMA just wants people to stop buying CDs (a lot of people still do that even in western countries like Germany) so they can shove DRM down their throats through Amazon MP3 or iTunes. I really don't understand what they gain from DRM or why they push it so much. The iTunes model (low prices -> high demand, and it's digital so no shipping costs) can definitely work without DRM.
It just seems to me like they're trying to legitimise their extortion activities whereby they send you a note through the post that you'd better pay up or go to court, the latter of which almost never happens. All of these foundations, including the notorious GEMA earn a large percentage of their revenue this way.
Germany clearly needs a Chancellor like George Osborne. Introduce three new taxes in the budget, then two month later, because "this government listens to the people", withdraw them [/sarcasm]
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The existance of blank media levies completely justifies any non-commercial infringment. Expecially when the vast majority of the blank media bought isn't used to hold material produced by those who receive the tax money. Big media can't expect people to pay this tax and respect copyright laws at the same time. Maybe there should be a tax on media companies to compensate consumers for buying the same movies, games, etc. several times when DRM schemes prevent them from exercising their rights.
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