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private copying levies on memory cards (2010)


Data taken from "de Thuiskopie" 2010 report[1]:

This list focuses only on the memory card levies (I intend to use this data to show how AGECOP is trying to convince people of things that are *not* true, using the same source as them):

Austria - memory cards not taxed, only in combination with mp3
Belgium - 0.15 (< 2Gb) - 1.35 (>16 GB) (note: this is not *per Gb)
Bulgaria - 2%
Canada - nothing
Croatia - 0.55 (< 16GB) - 1.10 (>16 GB)
Cyprus - no private copy
Czech Republic (OSA) - 0.058 (per GB) [max. 3.46 per device]
Czech Republic (Intergram) - 0.057 (per GB) [max. 3.4 per device]
Denmark - 0.65 (per unit)
Estonia - nothing
Finland - nothing
France - 0.072 (<512MB) - 0.944 (16GB)
Germany - 0.10 (per piece)
Greece - 6% of the value
Hungary - 0.14 (<64 MB) - 12.45 (>32GB)
Iceland - nothing
Italy - 0.05/GB (>32MB) - 3.03/GB (>= 5GB) [max. 3.00 per unit]
Ireland - no private copy
Japan - nothing
Latvia - nothing
Lithuania - nothing
Luxemburg - no private copying levy
Malta - no private copying levy
Netherlands - nothing
Norway - no levies
Poland - 0.47% of sale price
Portugal - nothing (so far)
Romania - 3% (per unit)
Slovakia - 3% of total income of the sale
Slovenia - 0.03 (per GB / max € 16,69)
Spain - 0.30 (per unit)
Sweden - 0.34GB (<= 49 GB) - 29,40 (>250GB)
Switzerland - nothing
Turkey - value decided by Government, always less than 3% of import/manufacturers price
United Kingdom - no private copy

If from this countries we isolate those who have a tax per Gb on memory cards:

Croatia - 0.55 (< 16GB) - 1.10 (>16 GB)
Czech Republic (OSA) - 0.058 (per GB) [max. 3.46 per device]
Czech Republic (Intergram) - 0.057 (per GB) [max. 3.4 per device]
France - 0.072 (<512MB) - 0.944 (16GB)
Hungary - 0.14 (<64 MB) - 12.45 (>32GB)
Italy - 0.05/GB (>32MB) - 3.03/GB (>= 5GB) [max. 3.00 per unit]
Slovenia - 0.03 (per GB / max € 16,69)
Sweden - 0.34GB (<= 49 GB) - 29,40 (>250GB)

So, there are only 7 countries that tax memory cards per GB, 6 of them European Union countries, all of them with a maximum price per unit.

[1] http://www.thuiskopie.nl/assets/cms/File/Digital_Survey%202010_Web%20version.pdf