Content owners: Dutch €5 copyright fee on PCs isn't high enough

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The copyright fee Dutch consumers have to pay on many electronic devices is not high enough according to Dutch content owner organisations…

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Thank you, Dear Abby.


Get An Inch, Want A Mile.

Will this fee just be added to the price of the unit, or will it actually be enumerated on a bill/receipt?

How will the people really know how much they have paid?

ZZ, we can both guess the likeliest outcome. “How can we get more money out of consumer pockets and into ours’ and our friends’ pockets?” Transparent, open accounting with accurate detailed line-item receipts will not accomplish that.

I’ll be surprised if they don’t next announce a Percentage-Based Fee for this, with a minimum level charge.

While I was making a cynic joke with my earlier calculations, I’m not sure how wrong those figures will be - at least for the amount that goes directly to artists and performers. “Just about Zero.”

True. I guess bottom line is, it really shouldn’t matter who gets what, as long as they have paid their tarrif.

For an honest person, it sucks.

For a pirate, it pretty much tells them that they can download all they want since they paid for it. Grey area, but I’m sure it would be tough to convict under these circumstances.

So, you mean giving your customers the finger caused them to pirate more? I totally didn’t see that coming!

Seriously, I feel like a broken record. If someone were to go to there grocery store, and the clerk automatically accused the individual of theft without proof, that person would never shop at said store, again. Now, imagine if every store did that. I pretty much described the music/movie industry. Yet, the’re rich, so they can bribe the’re way out of trouble (in addition to bribing other parties, such as ISP’s and congress, to help them give us the finger).

I believe what they want is a trillion dollars…

No, €5 isn’t enough. But €7 sounds about right, though.

[QUOTE=iamrocket;2661545]I believe what they want is a trillion dollars…[/QUOTE]

Hahahaha it is 2012, that kind of money doesn’t exist! :stuck_out_tongue:

Retail stores already do something similar where they add on some extra to the price to make up for losses from shoplifting.