The French Supreme Administrative Court considers that a copyright levy is not a State aid (Techni Import Professionnel / Syndicat des Industriels des Matériels Audiovisuels Electroniques)

Since its inception, the principle of a copyright levy sitting on magnetic and numerical audio-visual supports into which copy works can be protected by copyright has confronted unions of performers, producers, copyrights owners and unions of manufacturers of these supports. One of the arguments used by the manufacturers and the industry to contest the legality of such a levy is to classify it as State aid. The two commented decisions give examples of these on-going debates. In both

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Elias Berkani, The French Supreme Administrative Court considers that a copyright levy is not a State aid (Techni Import Professionnel / Syndicat des Industriels des Matériels Audiovisuels Electroniques), 19 March 1997, e-Competitions Intellectual property, Art. N° 13761

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