The royalty on reconditioned merchandise has not completed creating tensions between gamers in the sector.
The UFC-Que Choisir throws a paving stone in the pond. The Consumers Association joins the ranks of opponents to the software of the personal copying levy (RCP) on refurbished smartphones. She introduced this Monday that she seized the Council of State. The UFC needs to have the dCommission decision for private copying, which units up a brand new price construction for refurbished cellphones and tablets.
Determined to block the institution of this price, the association additionally calls on the deputies to mobilize. Thursday, June 10 should be handed in the National Assembly the legislation to cut back the carbon footprint of digital. Article 12 offers that refurbished units will not be topic to personal copying remuneration. The UFC additional requires a “ unreserved support for the amendment by deputy Éric Bothorel – unanimously adopted by the Commission for Sustainable Development and Regional Planning of the National Assembly – obliging the government to be transparent on the current functioning of the remuneration for private copying“.
The client association additionally denounces the “unbridled lobbying of collective management organizations to tax refurbished mobile phones and tablets, as remuneration for private copying“. Last week, 1661 artists had signed a platform to defend this royalty. They really feel that their rights are threatened. However, final yr the RCP introduced in 273 million euros to the beneficiaries. This weekend, the actors of the repackaged have additionally revealed a column, during which they consider that 2,500 jobs would be threatened.
Finally, the UFC-Que Choisir comes to dispute the figures put ahead by Copie France. Indeed, in accordance to the client association, which analyzed the costs of greater than 3,000 refurbished smartphones, “the median promoting value of these terminals is round 190 euros“. Or half less than the sum advanced by Copie France to justify the amount of the royalty. Another inconsistency denounced by the UFC, the very unequal nature of this tax, the amount of which depends on the memory capacity of the device and not on the price. “As the personal copying tax hits units indifferently in accordance to their promoting value, the inflationary impact can be all the extra violent for modest shoppers.», Adds the UFC Que Choisir.
” These price increases for refurbished goods would be all the less acceptable as the scales applied to new mobile phones and tablets are already among the highest in Europe in France. For example, on a mobile phone with a capacity of 32 GB, the remuneration for private copying is 10 euros in France, compared to 6.25 euros in Germany, 5.20 euros in Italy or even 1.10 euros in Spain, a country which, moreover, does not apply the remuneration for private copying on refurbished devices. Consequence of this “voracity” of rights holders in our country: French consumers pay on average 76% more than the European average , explains the UFC-Que Choisir. Finally, she denounces the functioning of the Private Copying Commission, hand-sewn to defend the interests of rights holders. It imposes on consumers tax scales established on the basis of usage studies that are both obscure – because not made public – and dated, and therefore unsuitable to take into account rapid changes in usage, such as the use of audio streaming.“. A cost so that might cringe some enamel, particularly on the aspect of the authorities. Jean Castex sided with the Minister of Culture. The Prime Minister has arbitrated in favor of the software of the DRC to repackaged merchandise, in opposition to the recommendation of some of his ministers.