“Private copying in Spain: A slap in the face for authors”, Fernando Carbajo Cascón at EurActiv

Fernando Carbajo Cascón, a Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Salamanca (Spain), recently wrote a column on Euractiv about the changes to compensation for private copying in Spain that were defined in 2011 (the column is also available in Spanish here). The changes that he describes as a “slap in the face to authors and performers as well as to the culture industry and collective management organisations” were accompanied by “another blow –that- was the increase of VAT on cultural goods and services to 21%, at a time of rampant music and film piracy”. 
 
In recent years, the Spanish government decided to include the compensation for private copying in public expenditure and by doing this, the left out the legitimate interests of rightsholders, explains Professor Carbajo Cascón and adds that “it should be noted that the abolition of the levy did not result in an appreciable reduction in the prices of recording equipment and media to the advantage of consumers.” 
 
IFRRO reported about the background of the changes to the Spanish system here and here