p2pnet.net News:- Apple consistently refuses to pay royalties on iPod music player sales in France, says Sacem, the country’s Society of Music Creators, Composers and Publishers which represents music copyright holders.
The French royalties levy came into force in July 2002 and taxes hard disks built into music players according to their size and on a top-of-the range iPod retailing at 550 euros ($677 US) at French department store FNAC, would come to 20 euros ($24.63), says an Associated Press report here.
“Sacem estimates that Apple sold 20,000 iPods in France last year, with disk capacities ranging from 10GB to 40GB”
In a statement, Sacem – which collects the payments – said unless Apple settles its “growing account” it’ll have “no other option than to go immediately to court to make sure that the rights of artists, composers and producers are respected,” says AP, adding:.
“In 2003, the society collected some 150-million euros ($185-million U.S.) in levies on hard disks and blank media sales on behalf of artists and other rights holders.”