EU court backs Austria in Amazon row over levies

A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in ViennaBy Michael Shields VIENNA (Reuters) – EU countries can under some circumstances collect a levy on blank recording media as a tool to ensure artists get fair rewards for their work, a levy that Amazon.com Inc had fought, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday. The case arose from an Austrian copyright collection agency's attempt to bill Amazon nearly 1.9 million euros ($2.4 million) for blank media such as cassette tapes, CDs, memory cards and MP3 players sold in Austria in the first half of 2004. …

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EU court backs Austria in Amazon row over levies

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