Private Copying Levy

Something we know very little of in Australia as we don’t have one.In research for another subject I was suprised to find that in the late 80’s, as a reaction to the cassette boom, Australia, Europe, Canada & USA all passed private copying levies. UK were about to but backflipped at the last minute, while Australia passed a levy but then scrubbed the last only months later in the Australian Tape Manufacturers Association Ltd v Commonwealth case.

Europe & Canada have managed to keep theirs in place and have updated it so people now pay levies on computers, CDRs, external hard drives, usb drives, blank cassettes and other items which are collected by the regional APRA equivalents and distributed among artists.

Would be too little too late for us to follow their lead now really, interesting nonetheless.

Check out further details at the WIKI.


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