Tuesday, 2 July 2013

EU could impose levy on printers and printer ink after ruling

The European Union could impose a
levy on 
printer ink and printer consumables
The European Union could impose a levy on printer ink and printer consumables after a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), says computing.co.uk

The judgement follows a case in the German Court of Justice in which publisher VG Wort took action against Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, HP, Kyocera and Xerox, demanding compensation for the printing of published works on their equipment.

The surprise decision by the ECJ will enable the EU to introduce a Europe-wide levy and could open up printer manufacturers to a slew of compensation claims from "copyright holders".

Printer manufacturers, meanwhile, may be forced to raise the prices of their products or to withdraw from Europe entirely. It also raises the prospect of buyers sourcing printers from outside the EU to avoid the copyright levy.

Read More on this story on the computing.co.uk website