EU © Fee Overhaul Scrapped [6:29 pm]
In a surprise move, the European Commission said Wednesday it is shelving plans to overhaul Europeâ€™s rules on copyright fees, after intense lobbying from France and from groups representing artists and authors.
[...] The Commission wanted to harmonize the rules and scrap levies on most hardware. Its aim was to reduce the fees, which in some cases increase the price of goods dramatically.
[...] The Commission has been planning to harmonize copyright levies across the E.U. since 2000. Since then the case for scrapping most levies has grown stronger. Digital rights management software, which allows copyright owners to track the copying of their works, has become commonplace.
The Commissionâ€™s climb down sparked an angry reaction from the companies and industry groups pushing for a change to the system.