I can’t believe I have to say this… THINK!

Thinking is highly overrated – Thats at least the opinion companies and swedish government posses.
The lately broadening of the definition of TV-Licensing fee’s by swedish “Radiotjänst in Kiruna AB”, which resulted in computers now being added as a device which requires TV-licensing really made a lot of swedes angry.. Now… There’s a new “Fee” to pay..

Swedish “CopySwede”, whom represents a lot of companies in the entertainment industry, has decided that the copyright-holders aren’t receiving enough money for their work, blaming internetpiracy of course, and have now introduced another fee. A fee which is applied on all electronic storage devices, harddrives for example. But even other devices will suffer.. MP3-players, computers, tv-controller boxes e.t.c.
The fee is up to 10€ for harddrives and up to 40€ on complete devices.

This got to stop… I mean. Think! What will the consequences be of this fee?

Samsung announced today that they will not put up with these fees and they’re brining it to court and dragging CopySwede with them. The court will decide if the fee falls within our “anti-piracy”-laws definition. If the fee is within the law, Samsung will loose. What happens if they do loose?
I for one, think Samsung will slowly reduce their sales in Sweden..
But also.. Not only the company will dissapear.. I believe the swedes will start looking to buy their electronic gadgets outside our national borders…

Consequences, CONSEQUENCES!!!

So if CopySweden win this courtappearence, Samsung will probably stop selling their products in Sweden… Swedes will start looking for products outside of Sweden, for example buying it from Germany… This will hurt the swedish market a lot and I guess we’ll have even more bankruptcies than before.. (Two major electronic stores has already closed down)…
And yes. Basically. Now internet-piracy is legal in Sweden since you’re paying for it.

Where will the fee-money go?
CopySwede claims the distribute it among the copyright-owners. To be honest. I think most of it ends up within copyswede, To pay there own lawyers and salaries.

I’m just so freaking mad right now that companies, Radiotjänst and CopySwede, not government owned either, can take these fees because of some stupid old laws from 1970-80s. I do love music, art and other entertainment stuff. I do support the artists and want them to get paid for their lovely creations. But I don’t wanna pay record-companies, just so they can have a fat salary.
I’m in the same position even, I’m a indie-game developer. I need to live and need money to do so. But I don’t support fee’s like these. I don’t try to counter piracy even in my games… Anyhow.. Time to continue to work.

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2 thoughts on “I can’t believe I have to say this… THINK!

  1. Totally on your side, but it’s important to point out that the fee has nothing to do with “internet-piracy”. The fee is added to compensate the artist for private copies made by any buyer of their work. However that’s kind of a joke due to DRM’s that “prevents” this. Etc etc…

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    • Yes. And private copies are made on computers and distributed via the internet. And the word “private” is only used to try to seperate it from “piracy”, but they mean basically the same thing.
      It’s just the anti-piracy and entertainment business way of trying to get their will to happen without people thinking “ohh it’s another piracy thing”…

      I totally want artists to get paid for what they make. But this is not the correct way, it will only encourage even more piracy since a majority now thinks it’s “less illegal” since every already has to pay the fines for it.

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