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Advocate General: copyright levies cannot be “indiscriminate”

Emma Barraclough, London

A legal adviser to Europe’s highest court says governments should only be able to impose a levy on sales of digital equipment when there is a presumption that they are to be used for private copying

In an opinion issued yesterday, Advocate General Verica Trstenjak said that a levy in favour of authors, artists and producers cannot be applied indiscriminately to undertakings and professionals who clearly acquire the equipment and data media for other purposes.


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