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Spanish Supreme Court strikes down the State-funded compensation scheme for private copying

Submitted by veraliah on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 15:22
Following the decision of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Egeda case in June 2016 (reported here), the Supreme Court of Spain has declared void and inapplicable the Royal decree that had resulted in private copying levies being replaced by a compensation paid from the State budget (Real Decreto 1657/2012).
Magdalena Vinent, CEO of CEDRO, the Spanish RRO in membership of IFRRO, has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court, confirming CEDRO’s opposition to this scheme ‘which has prevented writers, translators and publishers from being fairly compensated for the private copying of their works’.
As reported in the Spanish press, the Government will now have to work on a new scheme to ensure that fair compensation continues to be paid to rightholders. Find here an article in El País, in Spanish.