There are other countries with a blank media levy, such as e.g. Canada.
The blank media levy for blank DVD media was very extreme in Denmark until June 11th this year. The levy was 10.07 DKK per DVD plus 25% VAT which is equivalent to $2.13 (USD) or â‚¬1.69 per DVD.
The levy for blank CDs is unchanged at 1.88 DKK per CD, which is equivalent to $0.40 (USD) or â‚¬0.31 per CD.
This has created a lot of business for on-line shops in Germany and Sweden (close to the danish border) that sell blank media to Denmark without having to pay the levy. It’s perfectly legal for private persons to but media without levvies like this, but business would be responsible for paying the levy themselves.
The levy for blank DVDs has just been lowered significantly on June 12th and now it’s 3.00 DKK per DVD plus 25% VAT, which is equivalent to $0.64 or â‚¬0.50 per DVD.
Due to the high levvies there is little price competition on blank media in danish shops, and it’s still 3-4 times cheaper buying blank media on-line from Germany or Sweden or even farther away.