I have to say I am not surprised – it still does not compare to most other big companies who have been doing the same. It still doesn’t make it right though.
Originally posted on paidContent:
Apple(s aapl) must hand over 5 million euros in copyright fees it collected on iPad sales in 2011, a Paris court ruled last week. The ruling on the fees, which were eliminated in 2012, comes at a time when France is considering whether it should impose new cultural taxes on connected devices as a way of subsidizing artists.
The Grand Tribunal ruling, which was announced last week by Copie France, found that Apple must hand over a percentage of its iPad sales to Copie France even though the agency’s authority to impose the fees is uncertain. The 5 million euros, which is a provisional amount until the court makes a final ruling, is a drop in the bucket for Apple but is a symbolic victory for the copyright society.
“This is already a victory over an emblematic actor,” the head of Copie France told Le Monde. The French newspaper added that Apple and other device makers are frustrated with the copyright levy system, which raises around 200 million euros per year through taxes on blank CDs and other media, on the grounds it distorts prices between different European markets.