The Netherlands A Land Without iPods.

    April 28, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Dutch recording industry tries persuading government to collect a tax on all devices that could potentially store a pirated work.

Dubbed the iPod tax, the proposed measure could add a charge to all storage devices, perhaps as much as $4.30 per gigabyte per device, on top of the device’s cost.

This tax would be very similar to Germany’s tax on PC hard drives. You would pay more for the potential storage capacity of a device than you would for the device itself.

Passage of this measure could lead to similar measures throughout the European Union, and if so it would mean customers would pay twice for copyright compensation, first with the device, second with any songs they purchase.

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