May 27th, 2005, 05:24 AM #1
$2.50 tax on blank DVD's - Sweden really does suck
Each year private individuals record a great amount of music, films and TV programmes on blank videocassettes, audiocassettes and CDs. Such widespread copying is a way of benefiting from the work of others without directly paying for it. This results in considerable losses for those who earn their living by creating music, films, and TV/radio programmes.
This is the reason for the regulations governing a blank tape levy in 26 k § of the Swedish Copyright Act. The levy is designed to compensate, to some extent, the authors, performers or producers for the increasing amount of private copying of copyright protected material such as music, films and TV/radio programmes.
Importers and manufacturers are obliged to pay a blank tape levy of SEK 0.04 per megabyte for recordable media . The size of the levy is determined by law. According to 26 k § the collection of the blank tape levy shall be done collectively by the representative organisations
This means that the price of a DVD disc will rise by $2.5
the disc itself costs $1 for a total price of $3.50 per disc.
Portable harddrives and flash memory will also be taxed
May 27th, 2005, 06:39 AM #2
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Even some webshops here import taxfree blanks from Estonia, though I don't know if the new swedish legislation prohibits that.
I'm not a blanco-consumer so I haven't used those services, but I'm sure you as a private person can order some from countries that don't impose taxes on blank media.
Seems that dvd-r 5x pack with compensation tax costs approx. 15€.
Without the tax the pack costs 5€.
It's kinda funny that one must pay the compensation tax, you pay the tax because you're a pirate, but you can't be a pirate because it's illegal.
Thus, paying the tax, in a weird way, gives moral right to pirate.
Last edited by muno; May 27th, 2005 at 06:43 AM.
May 27th, 2005, 07:02 AM #3
Let me know I just paid, $8/50 dvd+ @ a staples sale
as I said pm me ( in USA)
May 27th, 2005, 09:19 AM #4
I hate pirates.
This law addresses the wrong side of piracy.
Media has many uses beyond piracy. I back my data up and personal files, and home movies. I should not have to pay for criminals again. I already pay for them when I buy my movies and music.
I also wreck many CD's/dvd's when my burner software burps (you know those coaster things you make on occasion). Catch pirates make strict piracy laws and prosecute the hell out of the little thiefs.
BTW how will this money be allocated to the artists or is this just a government program for stealing money and lining pockets of politicians. How much money should britney get from this and how much should lucas arts get? If done fairly it would cost a fricking mint just to send the money to the right people. -.27 cents to every artist
May 27th, 2005, 09:27 AM #5
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Canada does the same thing but not as pricey and i believe the
artist haven't receive a penny yet from the fund that
was set up
May 27th, 2005, 09:30 AM #6Originally Posted by muno
May 27th, 2005, 09:34 AM #7
Those wacky Swedes!! You gotta love it!!
May 27th, 2005, 09:52 AM #8
Punish everyone for the acts of a few.
How bout you jail the snot out of pirates.
I can't have fireworks because some kids parents don't control their little brats.
I can't have gun in NYC because someone else is a criminal (circular reference though)
I have to put up an ugly fence because parents don't know where their kids are.
I can't take my kid sleigh on MT trashmore because people sue when their kids get hurt.
My kitchen sink has to flow 2gpm because some moron leaves their faucet on the whole time doing the dishes.
Punish the stupid, guilty and the wreckless alot..... not everyone a little.
May 27th, 2005, 11:45 AM #9
Originally Posted by Epidemic
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May 27th, 2005, 11:53 AM #10
I do not understand the prison reference but I agree with tax system.
May 27th, 2005, 07:14 PM #11
Just wait a minute, here..does that mean that Sweden is collecting an impost that will go to some Artiste overseas...say, Garth Brooks in the USA ?
The Recording and Entertainment industry is big in CA, USA aka Los Angelos.
Is Seden going to give that money to the record companies in USA and Japan ?
What about the "Garage Bands"? Or the Students recording Lectures publically with the professors permission ?
A lot of people just won't listen in if they can't record as they play the music or TV show later ..E.G. the VCR recording of TV shows when the person is not home.
This seems like it will hurt the broadcast Stations in Sweden.
Why is Sweden being so "altruistic" as to collect hefty imposts for foreign record etc. Companies ?
Is there something else behind this, like just using thuis as pretext to raise taxes ?
How much is BooZe taxed ?
May 27th, 2005, 09:05 PM #12Originally Posted by MegalosSkylaki
A bottle of vodka that costs $5 in germany costs $40 here
And yes , This "tax" is supposed to go to the artists(mostly foreign) , But as was posted above
not a dime has been sent their way. This is lining the pockets of politicians not the artists.
Last edited by Skywalker[TSG]; May 27th, 2005 at 09:11 PM.
May 27th, 2005, 10:11 PM #13Originally Posted by Epidemic
Life's a beach !!!! You gotta catch 'em before you can make an example out of them. Why don't you start by turning in all your friends that pirate stuff !!!!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOtab0BKOGY
The Nation which forgets it's defenders will itself be forgotten
You cannot make peace with dictators. You have to destroy them–wipe them out!
May 27th, 2005, 11:14 PM #14
out here is less than 5 Blank DVD for $1.00I miss Dimebag Darrell
May 28th, 2005, 02:34 PM #15
These types of levies solve collective action problems. Unfortunately, given the nature of piracy and the simplicity of the act, levies are the only effective mechanism to address the problem for the time being.The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
May 28th, 2005, 09:18 PM #16
I don't mind the small levy which is collected on blank tapes (audio and video) but I do object to charging by capacity. Blank audio cds are also subject to a levy. These charges have been in place for a long time in the U.K. and I don't think they have ever been repealed.
May 29th, 2005, 05:11 AM #17Originally Posted by paul9
Small levy ? The levy is 2.5x the price of the disc itself
for something even larger like a harddrive it'll be a lot of money due to their higher capacity.
May 29th, 2005, 11:20 AM #18
The U.K. levy is a small one, as should any Swedish levy. Which is why basing it on media capacity sucks.
May 29th, 2005, 04:57 PM #19
I think the point of basing the levy on the capacity of the media is to address the fact that larger capacity media can expedite the process of copyright infringement. By this, I mean that larger media can hold more information and, by extension, more copyrighted information.The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
May 29th, 2005, 09:15 PM #20
I think it's a "RIP OFF" * +
* Pun intended.
[+] DOO OOG holds the patent on the Color PURPLE, therefore and thereas any use is Subject to Royaltie$.
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