Storage Media Levy

What is the storage media levy

The author of a work or the per­form­ing artist decide on the com­mer­cial activ­i­ties of their works or their per­for­mances. In the age of mass con­sump­tion of music, film, text and pic­tures, leg­is­la­tion allows copies for pri­vate use but intro­duced a flat fee, the so-called stor­age media levy. The scope of this levy cov­ers stor­age media of all kinds, from com­put­er hard disks to stor­age on mobile phones or USB-sticks.

Aus­tro mechana col­lects the stor­age media levy for its copy­right hold­ers (com­posers, authors, music pub­lish­ers) as well as for all oth­er enti­tled per­sons who are rep­re­sent­ed through oth­er Col­lec­tive Man­age­ment Organ­i­sa­tions like Bil­drecht, Lit­er­ar-Mechana, LSG, VAM, VDFS and VGR.

How the revenues are used

Rev­enues are split among all Col­lec­tive Man­age­ment Organ­i­sa­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the stor­age media levy on a scale fixed on the base of the aver­age use of the indi­vid­ual works cat­e­gories. At least 50% of the total rev­enues are ded­i­cat­ed to social and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions. The appli­ca­tion of funds is pub­lished in the annu­al trans­paren­cy report of each soci­ety.