Royalties Grow as Burning Goes Mainstream
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,...
Related News from Mi2N:
» Royalties Charged On CD-R Data And Playable DVDs In Switzerland
» Royalty Rates For Recordable DVD And CD Discs In Germany As Of 1st January 2003
» Demand For Verbatim Digital Vinyl CD-Rs Continues To Climb
» Verbatim Slashes DVD-R/RW Recording Time In Half
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