From The Digital Reader:
I hope German consumers got their iPad last year, because Apple raised the prices in Germany for its iDevices on Friday.
The gadget maker told the AP today that it had increased the prices to cover the cost of newly assessed private copyright levy. According to Bitkom, the new levy, or more correctly the new tax, adds between five and six euros to the price of smartphones sold in Germany, and between seven and nine euros to the price of a tablet like the iPad.
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The private copyright levy is a tax charged to consumers when they buy media and electronics capable of making copies. The idea was pioneered in Germany in 1965, and has since spread to most of Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. It originally applied to cassette tapes, but has since been expanded to include external hard disks, storage media like flash drives, CD-Rs, computers (in Germany, at least), and now mobile devices.
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Also known as the “you must be a pirate” tax, in many countries the private copyright levy is paid to collection societies with the ostensible goal of compensating creators for the
piracycopying that is assumed to be going on.
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