Thanks so much Tito -- and thanks for sending us a link to the Portuguese government's official announcement of this proposal.
As you would expect, the proposal has been generating a great deal of controversy: on one side, the electronics sector threatens to pass the cost of the levy on to consumers; on the other side, the collecting societies claim that the proposed levy amounts are negligible.
Along with this amendment, the Portuguese Government approved a Strategic Plan to Fight the Infringement of Copyright and Related Rights. What is known so far is that the Government plans to launch awareness (brainwashing?) campaigns in schools and to create a special police unit for online copyright infringement. No plans to introduce a graduated response system have been announced, though".
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Portugal approves proposal to expand scope of private copying levy
Our friend Tito Rendas has emailed us with the following news from Portugal: