GEMA wins against HP
After long negotiations about the copyright levy on CD burners between the Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights (GEMA) and the hardware manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP), an agreement was reached before the Stuttgart Regional Court. HP undertakes to pay a copyright fee of DM 12 for each new CD burner.
For devices that have already been sold, DM 3.60 will be charged retrospectively. GEMA is now asking the other hardware manufacturers to pay this fee as well. It is to be feared that GEMA will now try to enforce its demand to collect a copyright fee for other devices such as hard drives or complete PCs. This project promises to be successful, as GEMA also receives support from government circles from the Federal Ministry of Justice. It remains to be seen how and when the end user will support this decision.