Smart­phones will also in­cur the tablet levy

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Smart­phone buy­ers may soon have to pay the third-party levy that al­ready ap­plies to com­put­ers and tablets, as a bill by the Cul­ture Min­istry that be­came law last week has left the levy open for smart­phones in­stead of ex­empt­ing them. While the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is prob­ing this new charge, the as­so­ci­a­tion of apps pro­duc­ers is call­ing for the law’s an­nul­ment.

The new charge, com­monly known as the “tablet levy,” is meant to be in fa­vor of copy­right hold­ers. The omis­sion of the pre­cise rate to be im­posed on smart­phones – by far the most pop­u­lar ap­pli­ance in the mar­ket – means that the levy’s amount will be de­cided later, fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with hard­ware pro­duc­ers.

The is­sue came to the fore on Mon­day when the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said it is ur­gently look­ing into the tax to es­tab­lish whether it com­plies with the gov­ern­ment’s bailout pledge to erad­i­cate third­party levies.

Yes­ter­day, the Hel­lenic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mo­bile Ap­pli­ca­tion Com­pa­nies (SEKEE) blasted the mea­sure, say­ing it “comes on top of a se­ries of other levies with a clear char­ac­ter against growth, par­tic­u­larly dam­ag­ing the sec­tors that pro­duce cul­tural con­tent.”

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