EU High Court Says Blank Disc Cos. Could Pay Use Fees

Law360, New York (June 17, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that companies that help consumers duplicate copyrighted materials in nations with a private-use exception could be responsible for paying a fee designed to compensate rights holders.

The European Court of Justice said that the bloc's copyright rules do not lay out whether the individual consumers who pay for the private duplication or the companies that offer those types of services are ultimately responsible for paying the use fee.

"Given the practical difficulties in identifying private users and obliging them...
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