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German Court Levies Copyright Tax On New Computers

Law360 (January 4, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a landmark decision that could have wide ramifications for computer makers in Europe, a German court has ordered Fujitsu Siemens to pay copyright royalties for each computer it sells.

The Munich District Court ordered Fujitsu Siemens, a joint venture between the Japanese and German electronics makers, to pay a copyright levy of 12 euros per new computer sold in the country.

The decision marks the first time a European court has imposed a copyright levy on new PCs and is likely to be challenged by...
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