The Blank Media Levy, also known as Private Copy Levy, on blank media storage device that are primarily used to copy or reproduce copyright works. Introduction of the Levy is a government-mandated scheme in which a special levy is charged on all recordable media as compensation to the rights holders for the loss of income as a result of making copies of copyright works such as music, drama and films where no authorization has been obtained from the owner of the work. It is also one way of curbing piracy
The obligation to pay levy is imposed on the manufacturers and importers of recording equipment or recording materials and copying machines.
Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) introduced the initiative on 15th April, 2019 and is already partnering with the Malawi Revenue Authority that is collecting the levy on behalf of COSOMA. So far over 1,200,00.00 USD has been collected.
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Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA)