Top EU Court Approves Copyright Tax On Computers, Printers

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that EU countries can impose a tax on Hewlett-Packard Co. and other computers and printer makers to compensate copyright holders when consumers use the devices to make unauthorized printed copies.

The European Court of Justice ruled in favor of VG Wort, the German body that collects copyright royalties for literary works, which sought to require Germany to impose a tax on printer manufacturers.

Under a 2001 EU law, countries can allow members of the public to make unauthorized copies...
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