European Artists Oppose End to Digital Copyright Fees

European filmmakers and musicians spoke out against any possible EU moves to end copyright levies on electronic equipment, saying this would deprive them of fair compensation for people copying their works. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was one of several high-profile artists pleading with the European Commission to retain the fees that most EU nations charge on music and video players and blank CDs to compensate for legal copying when listeners burn an extra disc so they can play an album at home and in the car.

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