Apple raises iPrices in Germany to pay filmakers, including porn stars

Apple is raising the prices of the iPhone and iPad in Germany to pay royalties to creative professionals, including filmmakers and actors. Germany has a 1965 law that allows consumers to make private copies of sound, images or texts in return for a small surcharge when they buy the device. In other words, since users will copy anyway, Germany stipulates that they pay a small fee upfront for the license to copy content. The arrangement will include payments to “creators, producers and acting artists of erotic and pornographic films” as well.

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Based on this new development, a basic version of iPhone 6s now retails for 744.95 euros ($811.03), compared with 739 euros last year. The deal resulting in this development was negotiated on behalf of content producers by an organization called ZPUe. Sounds like a win for content creators in Germany.

3 comments

  1. Can visual products copyright work in this part of the world? I think this policy is great inasmuch as it doesn’t make the price of the products ludicrously high.

    IPhone users will for sure be able to buy but since EU operates a common market, anyone can just get it for the real price outside Germany.

    1. as it should be, it’s the consumers that are enjoying the intellectual property in question

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