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Submission + - Hardware vendors sue Dutch government over copyright levies (itworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Dell and Imation are suing the Dutch government over new levies on hard disks, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players that are meant to compensate the music and movie industries for losses caused by home copying.

The entertainment industry estimates lost income of €40 million, which is much too high, according to the hardware companies. "That amount is excessive and completely unfounded," they said. The €40 million also incorporates damages for illegally downloaded music and movies which, according to the companies, legally cannot be recovered by a levy on devices. Furthermore the Dutch government established a levy on all devices including devices for professional use that are not used for private copying, they said.

The companies are also suing the Dutch Home Copying Foundation (Stichting de Thuiskopie), which is responsible for the collection of the levies, demanding that the foundation pay collected levies back to the hardware makers.

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Hardware vendors sue Dutch government over copyright levies

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