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L’fair compensation salt. Not only is it reconfirmed (an element that in itself would deserve a strong reflection), but it is also raised substantially. The signature is that of the minister Dario Franceschini and the opportunity is good to open a new debate on the subject. The move, in fact, seems to be the result of more than a lobby rather than reasoning, which therefore leads to an easy conclusion: the question is not related to the proportionality of the increase, as to the legitimacy of a “tax” that seems to be at this point largely out of time.

Fair compensation, how much we will pay now

The new tariffs relating to the surcharge for fair compensation are contained in the specific provision of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage (pdf). Specifically, here is what we will pay from today on for the purchase not only of blank media, but also of devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions and anything else:

  • 0,05 euro every 700MB for i CD
  • € 0.10 per 4.7GB for i DVD
  • € 0.10 per 25GB for Blu-Ray
  • 5% per “suitable devices for analogue or digital recording, audio and video, and media burners
  • 4 euros for “televisions, decoders of any satellite, terrestrial or cable type and similar equipment having a recording function
  • Transferable memories or removable:
    • 0€ fino a 1GB
    • € 0.09 from 1 to 8GB
    • 0,08 € da 8 a 32GB
    • € 0.07 above 32GB up to a maximum of € 4.5 per unit
  • USB flash drives
    • 0€ fino a 1GB
    • € 0.10 from 1 to 8GB
    • 0,09 € da 8 a 32GB
    • € 0.08 above 32GB up to a maximum of € 7.5 per unit
  • Internal and external hard drives and SSDs
    • 0€ fino a 160GB
    • 0,01 € and 160GB at 500GB
    • € 0.009 from 500GB to 2TB
    • € 0.008 above 2 TB up to a maximum of € 18 per unit
  • Hard disk integrato in “portable audio and video multimedia device
    • 0€ fino a 1GB
    • € 3.22 from 1 to 5GB
    • € 3.86 from 5 to 10GB
    • € 4.51 10 to 20GB
    • € 5.15 from 20 to 40GB
    • 40 to 80GB at 6.44 €
    • € 9.66 from 80 to 120GB
    • € 12.88 from 120 to 160GB
    • 16,10€ da 160 a 250GB
    • € 22.54 from 250 to 400GB
    • € 28.98 over 400GB
  • Memory or hard disk integrated in portable MP3 player and similar
    • 0€ fino a 1GB
    • € 4.51 from 1 to 5GB
    • € 5.15 from 5 to 10GB
    • € 6.44 from 10 to 15GB
    • € 7.73 15 to 20GB
    • € 9.66 over 20GB
  • External multimedia hard disk with audio / video output for content playback on a TV or Hi-fi device
    • 5,15€ fino a 500GB
    • € 6.44 from 500GB to 1.5TB
    • € 9.66 from 1.5TB to 3TB
    • € 12.88 over 3TB
  • Memory or hard disk integrated in a video recorder, decoder of any type satellite, terrestrial or cable and similar equipment, TV set
    • 6,44€ fino a 500GB
    • 9.66GB from 500 to 1.5TB
    • € 12.88 from 1.5TB to 3TB
    • € 16.10 over 3TB
  • Smartphone
    • 2,90€ fino a 8GB
    • € 3.90 from 8 to 16GB
    • 4,80 € da 16 a 32GB
    • € 5.2 from 32 to 64GB
    • € 6.3 from 64 to 128GB
    • 6,9€ oltre i 128GB
  • Computer: fixed fee of 5.2 €
  • Smartwatch, smartband, fitness tracker and analogues
    • 2,2GB fino a 4GB
    • 3.2 € from 4 to 8GB
    • 4.1 € from 8 to 16GB
    • 4,9 € da 16 a 32GB
    • 5,6€ oltre i 32GB
  • Integrated memory or hard disk not included in the other previous chapters
    • 0,64€ fino a 256MB
    • € 0.97 from 256MB to 384MB
    • € 1.29 from 384 to 512MB
    • 1,61€ da 512MB a 1GB
    • € 1.93 from 1GB to 5GB
    • € 2.25 from 5GB to 10GB
    • € 2.58 10GB to 20GB
    • € 3.22 from 20GB to 40GB
    • € 4.83 from 40GB to 80GB
    • 80GB to 120GB at 6.44 €
    • € 8.05 from 120GB to 160GB
    • 11,27€ da 160GB a 250GB
    • 14.49 € and 250GB at 400GB
    • € 16.10 over 400GB

Reading this document probably reveals something that not all users were very clear: every time you buy a smartwatch, a decoder, a computer or a memory for your digital camera you are pouring an offering to the SIAE, which thus declares its subsequent use:

SIAE collects this fee and distributes it to authors, producers and performers.

Fair compensation, origins

When it was introduced it was the result of a compromise that was born in the middle of a battle against piracy. Those were the years when music was downloaded from various types of P2P channels, stored on memories (PC, CD, DVD or USB) and therefore enjoyed without paying anything to the creative industry. In the impossibility of intervening in any way to unhinge the mechanism (each instrument of repression turned out to be mostly sterile) the path of the private copy was chosen: in exchange for the right to make a private copy of the content lawfully purchased, the payment of a surcharge on the purchase of blank media. The truth is that this surcharge was however extended to any support, whatever the use that would have been made of it, and this somehow covered the damage suffered by piracy.

The compensation for “private copying” is due by those who manufacture or import into the territory of the State, in order to profit from it, the recording equipment and the blank media.

A choice as unjust as effective, which however had at least one obvious logical substrate. In the meantime, the context has changed profoundly. What used to be a market based on vinyl and cassettes today it is over 60% occupied by streaming music, something that (strictly speaking) should lead to a reduction in fair compensation (the need for a “private copy” being greatly reduced) and certainly not to a 20-30% rise as happened in these hours.

The contradictions

The truth is that the fair compensation for private copying is actually a large fig leaf that tries to cover on the one hand the inability to fill the “value gap” that has long been disputed in part of the platforms, from which the the copyright industry would like much higher emoluments, and on the other the inability to drain money from the international big names in technology, from which they try to withdraw through a surcharge on the sale of the product. After all, however, this coupled with withdrawals falls on the heads of companies and consumers, who find themselves paying a surcharge for smartphones, tablets, televisions, USB sticks and anything else that are purchased with a completely different purpose than that of the private copy.

Tough the comment of Digital Confindustria about it:

In the end, Minister Franceschini, contradicting the commitment he made on 22 April in the hearing of the Chamber of Deputies, signed the technical attachment which increases the levy on digital technologies most used by people, and which in the past months of lock-downs have enabled remote work, the continuation of educational activities and the maintenance of social relationships for millions of citizens. This is a myopic vision, in stark contrast to the needs of digital transformation, now at the center of the country’s relaunch strategies.

It is clear that the ministerial vision that has guided the remuneration for private copying in recent years has been to consider the products of technological innovation as cows to be milked with increasingly unjustifiable taxes, rather than as an opportunity to develop the potential of expansion of the culture industry market, building new business and remuneration models. This is an extremely short-sighted and penalizing logic that not only does not favor the evolution of the sector, but goes against the general needs of digital transformation, which clearly emerged during the health emergency and is currently at the top of the agenda for the relaunch of the country

Cesare Avenia president of Confindustriale Digitale

Gay Frame, president of Anitec-Assinform, adds a polemical accent by describing the increase in fair compensation as a “excise duty on digital products in times when it is vital to push on the digitalization of the country, starting with families“. This appears difficult to contest.

The logic that guided Franceschini probably goes in the direction of safeguarding a copyright industry which in this phase of crisis risks paying an extremely high price compared to other sectors. Fair compensation, however, cannot be the right answer to this problem, because otherwise it would be the third unknown hidden behind the same fig leaf. Which frankly becomes too cumbersome.

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