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Levy for blank storage media

Why a levy for blank storage media?

The Swiss Copyright Act permits the copying of works protected by copyright for use in the private sphere. Article 19(1)(a) of the Swiss Copyright Act defines “private use” as copies which individuals make "for their own personal use or for use within a circle of close friends and relatives". Anybody wishing to copy music from a CD or online music file for his private use can do so unrestrictedly. In exchange, the Swiss Copyright Act provides that the rightsholders of the copied works are entitled to a fee levied on blank carriers and storage media (CDs, DVDs, MP3 players, etc.).


The manufacturer or importer of the blank storage media is liable

The collective management organisation levies the fee from the manufacturer or importer of the blank media; the latter can pass it on in his turn to the consumer. The manufacturer is anybody who produces blank storage media in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein, and markets them in their customary form to retailers or to the consumer directly. The importer is anybody who imports blank storage media into Switzerland or Liechtenstein from abroad, whether for his own use, for sale or for direct delivery to the consumer. Foreign-based mail order businesses offering blank storage media to consumers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein also qualify as importers if the consumer is led to believe that he is purchasing the blank media from a domestic supplier



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