CD-R royalties

Alceste Scalas tjoad at
Wed Jan 16 07:22:18 UTC 2002

On Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:19:30AM +0100, raphael calvelli wrote:
> At 0:34 +0100 16-01-2002, Eneko Lacunza wrote:
> >	Today in Spain we have been suprised by some bad news in the media. It
> >has been revealed that Traxdata Spain has been forced to pay royalties
> >for each data CD-R manufactured since 1997 to Author's Society known as
> >SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores de España). The royalty free is about
> >0,18 euros per burnable hour, so each CD-R will cost between 0,22 and
> >0,24 euros more (in fact it will be between 1/2 and 1/4 of the media
> >price).
> >[...]
> >	I'd like to know how are things along Europe, so that we have some more
> >background on the subject.
> In Italy, each CD must be , since a few monthes, certified with a
> stamp from the Author's Rights ministerial Office (SIAE, società
> italiana degli autori). I hope that somebody from Italy that
> followed this question will add more informations.

Yes  --- here in  Italy, the  SIAE (Italian  Society of  Authors and
Publishers) is  a (semi)  private society that,  by law,  forces the
apposition of  a ribbon  over every media  containing every  kind of
data that could be copyrighted, and that is going to be distributed.
It doesn't matter wheter the  author is not affiliated with SIAE, or
wheter the data could be freely distributed (as in Software Libre).

Anyway, this does _not_ apply to blank CD-Rs. 

In Italy, "normal"  CD-Rs are not taxed.  But  the the "Compact Disc
Digital Audio Recordable for consumer" (i.  e. the ones that have to
be used with a CD writer directly connected to an hi-fi) are covered
by a SIAE royalty (and their price is four times higher than the one
of a "normal" CD-R).

Also,  the same SIAE  royalty is  applied to  blank audio  and video
tapes, and (maybe) minidiscs, DATs etc.


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