Copyright Levies Can Be Imposed on Printer and Computer Sales in the EU and Germany

    August 2013
    In a recent ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has found that manufacturers, importers and sellers of personal computers and printers, where the two devices are linked together, are liable to pay a financial levy to those rights-holders whose works may be copied by these devices. Most EU Member States use a system of copyright levies to provide for compensation to rights-holders, which operates as a surcharge on equipment and/or blank media which can be used for private copying. However, the decision from the CJEU will now require the extension of such levies to apply to printers and computers, when linked together.