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iPhone and iPad prices rose in Germany due to the new “law on the blanks”

In Germany from January 1, 2016 came into force, protecting the rights of musicians and authors movies. As a result, the cost of the iPhone and iPad in the country rose.

According to the copyright law of Germany, home and personal appliances, making sounds and showing images is now taxed. From 1 January on the Apple Online Store has increased the cost of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 5s for € 5, and iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2 and iPad Pro gained 8 euros. Collected from the sale of “Apple” gadgets, funds will be remitted to the authors of works and performers.

A similar law applies in Russia. The decree “About remuneration for free reproduction of phonograms and audiovisual works for personal purposes”, which is popularly called a “tax on the blanks”, operates since 2010. The decision was taken for the payment of remuneration for free reproduction of phonograms and audiovisual works for personal purposes in favor of the Russian Union of rights holders (RBC), the Council is headed by Director Nikita Mikhalkov,

Electronics are taxed for producers and importers 1% of the cost. 40% of all donated funds goes to the authors of works and performers and producers receive 30%.

It should be noted that the law on the protection of copyright in Germany is one of the most stringent in the world. Last summer, under his jurisdiction were the fruits of applied art. Those who post to Instagram or Facebook photo filed in restaurant meals before eating, are violators of the law. Chef German restaurants can sue on visitors who photograph their meals without permission and distribute these images.

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Carefully prepared and served dishes in the famous restaurants are considered as works of art, created by the chefs. For shooting and posting pictures of meals on social media and the media must obtain permission of the chef of the establishment.

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