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UK music group pushes for media player tax

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Wed April 16, 2008

UK MP3 player tax?

The British government should tax the sale of media players, a body of the UK music industry is advocating. The Music Business Group is said to have rejected a recent government proposal, which would see people legally able to transfer music from CDs to media players for free; while the practice is widespread and taken for granted by the public and companies like Apple, in the UK it is technically a violation of copyright. The MBG is said to have taken the same position as America's RIAA however, and called for a levy on sale of devices such as iPods.

"We acknowledge that consumers clearly want to format shift and also place enormous value on the transferability of music," reads an MBG statement. "Music fans clearly deserve legal clarity in this area as well as the freedom to enjoy any music they have legitimately obtained.

"But it is not only music lovers who benefit here. Enormous value is derived by those technology companies and manufacturers who enable consumers to copy. UK creators and rights owners are legally entitled to share in this value -- as they hold the exclusive right to reproduce their music -- but are currently excluded from the value chain."

The group's demands, according to The Guardian, are allowed under the European Union's Copyright Directive, which gives countries the room to ban private copying or only allow it with "fair compensation" to copyright holders. Many European countries issue levies on blank recording media.




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  1. galley

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who pays the tax

    "But it is not only music lovers who benefit here. Enormous value is derived by those technology companies and manufacturers who enable consumers to copy. UK creators and rights owners are legally entitled to share in this value -- as they hold the exclusive right to reproduce their music -- but are currently excluded from the value chain."

    This statement implies that MBG wants the "music lovers" to think that they just want to tax the companies to get a share of the profits. But companies are just the conduit for taxes - the extra costs are almost always passed on to their customers in the form of higher prices. It would have been more honest for MBG to just state that the users should pay more for the privilege of transferring music between their devices.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    better idea:

    Why not just repeal any specific copyright law that makes such acts a violation. It's not being enforced, and it was nonsensible from the start, so why not save everyone headaches trying conform with NEW legislation and just void the old legislation.

    Now, I'm not a citizen of that country, so I don't know any specifics about how that is done, but I would think the simplest answer here is the best.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    never conform to bullies!

    I say and many people, cause people wise up, we run the internet now and now the street.... I said WE SAY F"K'EM.... simply...

    ditto danviento!

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Remember

    They don't want the money for themselves: they are only doing this for the "music lovers" -- heck, it's almost charitable that they are paying the legal costs for this nonsense.

    "Many European countries issue levies on blank recording media." Yeah, and they'd allow a tax on paper products as I might, just might write "Ulysses" on some of them. Infinite stupidity.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bingo

    Its music companies trying to get more money for themselves for doing NOTHING. :-(

    The money never makes it to the artists. I do believe you will see more and more artists going direct to digital and selling to customers thru say iTunes or some such. Lets just cut the music companies out of the deal anyway.

    Just a thought.

    EN

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