Germany: Copyright laws could jack up PC prices

Summary:Hertha Däubler-Gmelin, Germany's federal secretary of justice, has confirmed rumors that because of new copyright laws, taxes on PCs, CD-burners, printers, hard drives and ISDN systems are planned, as all these products could be used to copy data. Analysts are expecting resulting price increases of about 30 percent, much to the dismay of users, tech execs and politicians.

Hertha Däubler-Gmelin, Germany's federal secretary of justice, has confirmed rumors that because of new copyright laws, taxes on PCs, CD-burners, printers, hard drives and ISDN systems are planned, as all these products could be used to copy data. Analysts are expecting resulting price increases of about 30 percent, much to the dismay of users, tech execs and politicians. Full story (in German). -- ZDNet Germany

Topics: PCs, Hardware, Legal

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