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Copyright Tax to be levied on all home VCR recordings

March 20th, 2000

Europe wants tax on taping TV at home
Families face paying a levy to video their favourite television programmes under a new European directive…
(The Sunday Telegraph, page 10, 19 March 2000)

Euro-prats want a tax on TV tapes
Meddling Eurocrats want to tax TV addicts who tape their favourite shows…
(Sunday People, page 35, 19 March 2000)

Euro tax wind-up on vids
The proposal was sneaked into the latest EU copyright directive…
The Star, page 7, 20 March 2000)

So-called “Euro-prats” have not “sneaked” anything into the amended proposal for a Copyright Directive.  In fact, the proposal explicitly states that compensation due to rightholders as a result of private copying of this kind would be “up to the Member States to decide in accordance with their legal traditions and practices”.  The UK would therefore be perfectly entitled to continue its practice of not imposing any such levies.

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