Because the tech industry tosses government and Siae

Because the tech industry tosses government and Siae

Minister Franceschini signed the decree that further increases the tax on technological innovation, or the remuneration for private copying, criticize Confindustria Digitale and Anitec. Siae takes sides in defense of the government. All the details

Increases in sight for the taxes of the private copy. The Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, has signed the decree which further increases the taxes on technological innovation, i.e. the remuneration for the private reproduction (private copy) of phonograms and videograms foreseen by the law on Copyright.

Smartphones and tablets go up to a fee of 6.90 euros. All the details.


Let's start from the beginning. The Private Copy, reads on the Siae website , “is the fee that is applied to blank media, recording devices and memories in exchange for the possibility of making recordings of works protected by copyright. In this way everyone can make a copy with great savings compared to buying another original in addition to the one you already have. Before the introduction of the private copy, it was not possible to register copies of protected works. " This is a kind of copyright fee that has existed since 2014.


Minister Franceschini has now decided to set a new level of taxes for all electronic devices that reproduce audio or video.


In particular, increases are expected on smartphones and tablets that reach up to a fee of 6.30 euros from 64 GB to 128 GB and 6.90 euros from 128 GB up. The new figures increase revenue on smartphones by 17% and on tablets by almost 30%.

The compensation on all TVs equipped with PVR function is 4 euros, as well as for all decoders having the same function.


The decree also extends the tax to new devices, such as wearables (fit trackers and smart watches with recording capacity) and STB internal memories.


To pay what we might call the copyright tax who manufactures or imports into the territory of the State, in order to profit from it, the recording equipment and the blank media. The risk, however, is that this cost is then reflected in the list price.


Confindustria Digitale and Anitec-Assinform do not like the increase in taxes. "It is clear that the ministerial vision that has guided the remuneration for private copying in recent years has been to consider the products of technological innovation as cows to be milked with increasingly unjustifiable taxes, instead of as an opportunity to develop innovatively the potential for expanding the culture industry market, building new business and remuneration models ”, commented Cesare Avenia, president of Confindustria Digitale, and Marco Gay, president of Anitec -Assinform.

The compensation for private copying is "made obsolete by streaming which has become by far the prevailing way in which Italians legally use digital content," say Avenia and Gay.


Applauded by Franceschini's decision comes from Siae, whose president, Giulio Rapetti Mogol, expressed "satisfaction and gratitude" to the minister "for having substantially left the rights deriving from the private copy unchanged. At this time, despite the need to maintain a balance between opposing interests, Minister Franceschini has in any case guaranteed fair remuneration to the entitled parties. This is certainly an important sign of attention. "

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:55:36 +0000.