Why is there a remuneration for private copying?

The remuneration for private copying was implemented with the aim of allocating a levy to rightful claimants for copying their works and performances within the family circle. The basis for the remuneration is described in European Directive 2001/29/EC which was transposed into Belgian law.

The collected levies are therefore under no circumstances a tax transferred to the State, but a payment destined for the sector of creative works.

The devices and media (information carriers) that are subject to such levies are clearly specified and the amounts are reasonable so that they will not weigh excessively on the consumer, and consequently not on the development of the market either. These tariffs are regularly reviewed, so as to remain in tune with the major market trends.

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