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Royalties Grow as Burning Goes Mainstream
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
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2003-02-21
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Whether it's Verbatim's Digital Vinyl CD-R discs, a 45-rpm looking discs with a capacity of 80min./700MB, or bragging of braking "yet another speed barrier," burning is clearly in the mainstream and a major competitive segment of consumer electronic manufacturers product lines. What's a music industry to do? Join them of course.

The Swiss Society for musical copyrights, SUISA, announced that its blank sound carrier royalty, already applied to videocassettes, minidiscs, DAT and audio CD-R/RWs, would be expanded to cover CD-R data and playable DVDs. The royalty imposes a royalty of 6 centimes pro 525 MB or one hour's recording time for CD-R data or CHF 1.84 per DVD with 4.7 Gigabyte memory on collected by SUISA from blank product importers and producers.

The royalty, applied by most EU collection societies and meant to indemnify copyright holders for legitimate personal copies of works, has generated some impressive revenues as burning becomes increasingly mainstream. Blank media royalty revenues in France for example, applied since 1985, have steadily grown to 150 million Euros annually.

If you can't beat them,...

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» Verbatim Slashes DVD-R/RW Recording Time In Half


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