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From each imported CD, DVD, audio recorder, video recorder, TV set with a recording function a data carrier duty is charged as compensation to the authors whose work can be copied with these devices. The Copyright and Communications Consultancy Agency/the Latvian Author Association (CCCA/LAA) encourages to apply this duty to all types of flash memories, computers, mobile phones with MP3, video cameras and other similar devices.

At the moment, the Culture Ministry is preparing a concept draft on the data carrier compensation. The current procedure, which determines how the compensation is calculated, collected and paid out, has been in force since 2005. The CCCA/LAA believes that during the five years technologies have developed; therefore, data carrier compensation should be charged for mobile phones with MP3, handhelds, all types of flash memories and other data carriers and devices. The CCCA/LAA proposal stipulates the application of duty at the extent of 1.5 to three lats, the Culture Ministry Press Secretary Andris Saulītis reveals to the newspaper Neatkarīgā.

While the Association of Data Carrier Importers has submitted a proposal to the Culture Ministry on reducing the current duty to one santim in order to balance it with the one in Lithuania and Estonia, which is calculated as 8% and 9% from the import price. Converting the existing data carrier compensation rate in percentage makes it 110–150% of the procurement price. The Association of Data Carrier Importers considers that in Latvia the charge is disproportionately high and puts the local companies in much unfavourable position than in the neighbouring countries.

Both the Culture Ministry and the CCCA/LAA admit they do not have information on how much copyrighted work is being copied to data carriers. However, according to the approximate calculations by the CCCA/LAA and the Latvian Performers and Producers Association, if people had to sign an agreement with the authors each time a copy for personal use had to be made, it would overall require 329 million lats.


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  1. IU says:

    What not???

  2. AC says:

    Like in most other countries since many years already. Why shall LV be different?

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