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The Austrian National Assembly has passed an amended Copyright Act that provides for remuneration on storage media of any kind in order to compensate rights holders for private copying.


  • Media such as computer hard disks, mobile phones enabling the performance of music or films and multi-purpose memory cards are now encompassed by the obligation to pay a levy.
  • Private copying remuneration in Austria is now capped at €20m ($21.7m) per year. This means if the total exceeds the cap, new tariff negotiations will be initiated to lower future tariffs.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the changes to the Austrian private copying laws that extend the remuneration scheme.
  • The research note lays out the concerns of the Austrian collection society Austro Mechana with regards to the copyright law amendments.

Key questions answered

  • What are the changes to the private copying remuneration scheme just agreed by the Austrian government?
  • What concerns does the Austrian collection society Austro Mechana have over the new changes?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Private copying remuneration changes in Austria
  • Caps, tariff limits, and exception concerns


  • Author

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