European Court of Justice declares Netherlands ‘piracy levy’ unlawful

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [EU webpage] ruled [judgment, text] on Thursday that the Netherlands’ "piracy levy" tax added to the purchase price of copying materials such as blank CDs or DVDs does not properly account for the loss to copyright holders resulting from unlawful copies of protected work. The court stated that a law that makes no distinction between copies of protected material made by users who lawfully own the content and copies made for illegal purposes…


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