Spain wants to levy on digital media

Spain is going to do what the Netherlands has not dared so far: the country wants to introduce a levy for all devices that can store and copy digital media: from Mp3 players to mobile phones. However, the charge on blank CDs and DVDs is reduced. The Ministries for Culture and Industry have announced their plans that are due to take place in mid-January this week

Spain is going to do what the Netherlands has not dared so far: the country wants to introduce a levy for all devices that can store and copy digital media: from Mp3 players to mobile phones. However, the charge on blank CDs and DVDs is reduced.

The Ministries for Culture and Industry have announced their plans that are due to take place in mid-January this week.

There will be fixed rates for digital hardware: for PDAs and mobile phones a one-off 1.50 euro has to be paid, for Mp3 players it is about 3.15 euro. A number of levies remain, such as the 9 euros for scanners. CD and DVD recorders become cheaper. The tax ranges from 6 to approximately 3 euros.

The rates are a lot nicer than the fee of up to 25 euros on Mp3 players proposed by Stichting Onderhandelingen Thuiskopvergoeding (SONT) earlier this year. That charge was rejected by Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin. He wants to wait until there is a European position.

The Spanish rates are still in the wrong of the center-right PP (Partido Popular) and of course the industry itself. In addition, the Association for Authors and Editors (LaSGAE) who insisted on the levy under fire because they organize seminars on intellectual property for judges and lawyers.