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SONT Decree on Private Copying Levies 2023 - 2024
The Stichting Onderhandelingen Thuiskopievergoeding (SONT; Foundation for Private Copying Levy Negotiations) has decreed the new private copying levies for the Netherlands, which will be in force from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024. This adjustment is necessary to comply with the ruling of the The Hague Court of Appeal in the case HP c.s. / SONT and Thuiskopie of 22 March 2022. For most devices, the adjustment results in lower tariffs. Press release SONT.
SONT Decree on Private Copying Levies 2021 – 2022
The Stichting Onderhandelingen Thuiskopievergoeding (SONT) has decreed the new private copying levies for the Netherlands, which will be in force from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.
The SONT decree on private copying levies results from negotiations between representatives of rightsholders and of manufacturers and distributors of the media and devices concerned. The SONT monitors developments in consumer use of media and devices (“voorwerpen”) that are suitable for making copies of copyright protected works for private use. For this purpose, the SONT commissions a yearly consumer survey, as carried out by Kantar Public. New technological developments, marketing of new devices and changes in consumer behaviour will be reflected as quickly as possible in the survey. Developments in consumer use, in jurisprudence in the Netherlands and the EU, and in the sales of relevant devices have led the SONT to adjust the level of private copying levies as from 1 January, 2021.
Private copying levies as from 1 January 2023
These are the new tariffs for private copying levies per January 1st 2023.
If an item is altered in such manner that this can be considered to be manufacturing within the meaning of the Dutch Copyright Act, the Private Copying Levy will be payable if this item is made available to a new buyer.
Manufacturing: to manufacture, reassemble or arrange for the manufacture of an item within the meaning of Section 16(c) of the Dutch Copyright Act (Auteurswet) in such manner that this can be considered to be a complete product that is new to the market. A used device is the basis for "refurbished". This device is renovated, adapted, renewed, checked and / or rebuilt in such a way that it can be sold to a new consumer.
Because the useful life of refurbished devices is on average shorter than that of completely new devices (which makes it plausible that fewer private copies are stored on them), the tariff is 40% lower than the regular tariff for that device.
Dutch Copyright Law
Article 16c of the Dutch Copyright Law states that importers and manufacturers are liable for paying the levies upon import or fabrication. In the factsheets below more information for importers and manufacturers is availble. If you want to report imports or levy liable productions please register your organisation here, if if necessary one can use this manual to guide you through your registration.
Please direct your questions towards Stichting de Thuiskopie via email@example.com.
Documents Private Copying NL
Factsheet importers/manufacturers 2021-2023
Conditions for Exemptions and Refunds
Manufacture and refurbishment definition
Instructions Reporting via Portal for contracting parties (manually)
Instructions Reporting via Portal for contracting parties (excel)
Instructions Reporting via Portal for non-contracting parties
Excel sheet format: Total Sheet and Specification Sheet
Audit explanation/portal guide
Example auditreport (Excel template)