On 18th September 2013 the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee held a hearing on private copying levies. The hearing saw authors, performers, film producers, consumers and manufacturers present their visions of the system for MEPs to take into account as they prepare a report on the issue.
What shook us at SAA is that rightsholders organisations were accused of acting as if the system worked fine and should not be changed. That we had our head in the sand and were not coming up with suggestions on how to improve the system. We have been making proposals for some time now. These include:
- A single EU declaration point
- A harmonised method for defining leviable devices
- A harmonised approach to definitions, principles and procedures of tariff setting
- Visibility of the levies for consumers