On Friday 12 May, the Court of Appeal of Brussels ruled in favour of Reprobel in a lawsuit against Hewlett Packard (HP) Belgium, a ruling that has been welcomed by authors and publishers.
The ruling of the Court means that the remuneration of publishers in the framework of reprography is legitimate and that it did not affect the authors' own compensation. The same goes for the criteria of speed as the sole tariff basis of the equipment levy scheme. The court also considers that the Belgian scheme was sufficiently modulated according to the type of usage (private or professional), and is further of the opinion that the Belgian scheme can be interpreted in conformity with EU law as far as reproductions of sheet music and reproductions from an illegal source are concerned.
According to the ruling, HP Belgium will have to pay a provisional amount of 1 EUR to Reprobel, and it designates an expert who will have to determine (on the basis of an ISO norm) the objective speed of all reproduction devices HP has put on the Belgian market since December 2002.
For more information, please find here a press release issued by Reprobel.