'Tax' on blank CDs in Germany

Submitted by: Habeem

Source: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/data/jk-04.05.00-00

Copyright impact for CD-Blanks
(translated with Altavista Babelfish):

As reports already briefly, the German music industry agreed with the manufacturers of blanks on a delivery, which is to consider to the increasing use of the disks for copies of music Cd's. This communicated the Federal association of the Phonographi economy on its yearly press conference.

Thomas's M. Stein, Chef of the music giant BMG and chairman of the board of the branch federation, it estimates that 50 to 60 per cent of the 100 million blanks, which went last year into Germany over the loading bars for copies by in copyright matters protected music CD's is used. Since a legal copying prohibition did not come so far yet to status, the music industry tries in other way to fetch the escaped conversions back. According to specification of Peter Zombik, who becomes chairmen of the management of the Federal association, the manufacturers of blanks will license 50% of the produced disks in such a way, like this now already with special audio blanks

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