Royalties and Free Software?
adulau at foo.be
Tue Aug 5 09:35:35 UTC 2003
On 04/Aug/03 22:18 +0200, Wouter Vanden Hove wrote:
> In Belgium, and probably in other European countries copyright-law
> allows you to make a copy for your own personal uses. Educational and
> research copies are also allowed,but what many don't know is that you
> actually pay for these copies through small, almost neglible taxes, on
> blanc cdroms, printers, scanners, copiers,...
> This money goes to certain copyright-organisations that redistribute the
> money to copyright-holders. Typically one has to become a member of
> their organisation to get a part of the share.
We would like to get some money back from the taxes. The requirement
seems to be an official author rights organization (it seems a long
way) and you have to prove the % of usage of the media use for private
We would like to try this with the ASBL/NGO Association Electronique
Libre in Belgium.
Another difficult part is the repartition of the money ? This is
already really complex for the SABAM for example.
just my .2 EUR,
-- Alexandre Dulaunoy (adulau) -- http://www.foo.be/
-- "Knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance
-- that we can solve them" Isaac Asimov
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