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Hardware vendors sue Dutch government over copyright levies

Loek Essers | Nov. 22, 2012
Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Dell and Imation are suing the Dutch government over new levies on hard disks, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players that are meant to compensate the music and movie industries for losses caused by home copying.

In the letter, the companies had said some of them were seeking legal advice, but also said that they were "keen to work with" Teeven and his staff to find constructive solutions and urged him to reconsider the decision and at a minimum to postpone the implementation.

"The ultimate objective should be the abolition of media/device-based levies systems, both in the Netherlands and in other European countries," they said, adding that it is not only in the Netherlands that levies on ICT products cause difficulties.

The Ministry of Security and Justice could not be immediately reached for comment on the lawsuit.

 

 

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