Spain launches iPod tax July 1

Billboard reports Spanish consumers will soon be saddled with a anti-piracy tax on media devices, including the iPod. The levy – which goes into effect on 1 July – will be applied against products capable of storing, playing, recording, or copying sounds and images.
Money raised will (we’re told) be distributed among authors and creators to compensate them for the theoretical money they lose due to private copying.
The tax aims to raise €117.8 million this year. MP3 players will see a €3.15 per unit levy, while devices such as printers, ink cartridges and printers will also be taxed.
Funny how the music industry receives such protectionism, really, isn’t it? And lets hope independent artists get a fair slice of the tax pie, once the major-dominated rights collection societies have had their piece.

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