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SONT Decree on Private Copying Levies 2021 – 2023
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 2023. New developments in the use of home copying media and devices give rise to adjustment of the private copying levies. Furthermore, new jurisprudence, both in the Netherlands and the European Union, was taken into account. A correction for inflation has also been applied.

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 2021

These are the new tariffs for private copying levies per January 1st 2021.

Device Regular Tariff 2021-2023  Refurbished Tariff 2021-2023
PC /server / mediacenter € 2,70 € 1,62
Laptop / notebook € 2,70 € 1,62
Tablet € 2,20 € 1,32
Smartphone € 7,30 € 4,38
Portable audio- / videoplayer € 2,10 € 1,26
Settopbox with hard disk € 3,80 € 2,28
HDD-recorder € 3,80 € 2,28
E-reader € 1,10 € 0,66
External Hard Disk Drive (HDD), Solid State Disk (SSD) € 1,00 € 0,60
USB-stick >= 256 GB € 1,00 € 0,60
USB-stick < 256 GB € 0,50 € 0,30
Wearables with storage capacity € 0,60 € 0,36


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.

Private copying levies as from 1 January 2018

Consumer use of blank CD-r and DVD-r has decreased significantly in recent years, and is expected to decrease even further in the near future. Therefore, the SONT has decided that levying on these devices should be discontinued as from 1 January, 2018. The increased use of smartphones for making private copies has led to a rise in the levy on this device, while the levies on pc’s, laptops and tablets are lowered. Levies on set-top boxes, e-readers and external HDD will be slightly higher, those on portable audio and video players a bit lower.

As from 2018, levies on a number of new devices will be introduced. The study by Kantar shows that wearables with storage capacity, like smartwatches and fitness trackers, are increasingly used to make private copies, mostly of music files. In addition, the survey reports substantial storage of copyright protected works on USB-sticks. Finally, the new external SSD (Solid State Disk) levy will fall under the same category as external HDD.

Rates and objects 2015-2017 and 2018-2020


 Rate 2015-2017

Rate 2018-2020

 1. CD-r  & DVD-r

 € 0.02


 2. E-reader

 € 0.70

  € 0,80

 3. External hard drive

 € 0.70

  € 0,60

 4. Portable audio/videoplayer

 € 1.40

  € 1,20

 5. Smartphone/phone with MP3 function

 € 3.50

  € 4,70

 6. Tablet

 € 3.50

  € 2,60

 7. Desktop/PC/notebook/server/mediacenter

 € 3.50

  € 2,60

 8. Settopbox with hard drive / HDD Recorder

 € 3.50

  € 3,80

 9. USB Stick


  € 0,60

10. Wearables with storage capacity

    € 1,20

More information on the changes per 1 jan 2018 are found in this press release. 

Dutch 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.

Copyright explained

Please direct your questions towards Stichting de Thuiskopie via info@thuiskopie.nl.

Documents Private Copying NL

Factsheet importers/manufacturers 2021-2023
Factsheet importers/manufacturers

Conditions for Exemptions and Refunds
Manufacture and refurbishment definition 

English Manuals
Registration Guide 
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 & Specification Sheet


Audit Protocol

Management Statement 

Audit explanation/portal guide

Example auditreport (Excel template)


Supreme Court Ruling Private Copying Scheme 2013-2017
Government: Private Copying Levies to be lowered