Parliamentary Initiative a Threat for Artists and Consumers

No private copying of CDs, DVDs or MP3 files, no deferred TV viewing. This is the scenario threatening Swiss consumers as a result of the parliamentary initiative to abolish the levy on blank media carriers such as CDs, DVDs, MP3 players and video recorders with built-in hard drives.

Pursuant to the Copyright Law, the private copying of protected works is permitted subject to payment of a fee to the authors. If this were abolished, Swiss artists and creators would suffer a huge loss of earnings, to the tune of more than CHF 13 million. For this reason, approximately 3,200 artists and creators and 70 cultural organisations from all over Switzerland are combating the initiative and appealing to members of parliament to reject it.

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