EU Court Snubs Amazon, OKs Copyright Tax On Blank CDs

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 5:33 PM ET) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that EU countries can impose a tax on blank CDs and MP3 players to compensate copyright owners when those items are used to infringe copyright, turning aside arguments by Amazon.com Inc. that such levies are illegal.

The Court of Justice of the European Union held that a 2001 EU law permits Austria's so-called "blank-cassette levy," which is imposed on the sale of media that can be used to make copies.

The law "does not preclude legislation of a member...
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