New copyright fees lead Apple to hike the price of the iPhone and iPad in Germany

In Germany, new copyright fees have gone into effect with the start of the new year. Companies that manufacture or import into the country devices with recordable media, must pay certain fees for each device that is covered. Members of trade association Bitkom, which includes Apple, must pay a discounted levy of 5 euros ($5.43 USD) on each smartphone and 7 euros ($7.60 USD) for each tablet...
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49 Comments

15. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

true, some ppl just start bashing PA for nothing

17. Unordinary unregistered

These fandroid guys herd stronger than the farm animals themselves.

35. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Then again, same for the other side. You people talk like only fandroids exists here.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Fair To All Companies, I Don't Think So But They Are Mostly Fair. Its Not Hard To Believe, I Haven't Once Thought PA Was Anything Other Than PA.

25. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

For the most part they're fair but sometimes they go out of their way to defend Apple. I remember when they had a blind camera comparison between the iPhone 6 and the Nexus 6 and when the Nexus 6 won they couldn't let it stand. The wrote a subsequent article defending the iPhone's camera against the Nexus 6's camera.

37. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Q4 = iPhoneArena Q1,Q2,Q3 = AndroidArena Q1,Q3 = SamsungArena

4. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I agree that it's not the German people that should be paying for this. Apple needs to be ready to be losing money if they want to be making money, even if it means paying a little more in some countries. I guess Apple does not care because of their popularity they know that will still be able to sell without a problem.

12. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why should the german people not be paying for something that is a direct result of their idiotic policies?

20. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Whether they should or shouldn't depends on your perspective. What I hope would happen is that German consumers punish Apple by not buying their products. There's alternative companies out there who wouldn't take such a petty approach.

21. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

This comment reminds me of all those people that drop their cable carrier because the "channel" they want is in negotiations and wants way too much money (which will ultimately be passed on to you one way or another) from the cable co, so instead of showing the channel that their services aren't worth an extra 10/month on your bill, they change to "another service" only to ultimately have the same thing happen at the new provider in a year. For once, this isn't an Apple problem exclusively, it is the BS copy protection lobby. They are getting money on your device using the flawed assumption you are going to do something "illegal" with it. There is no proof, though, that you will. So you are being arbitrarily punished and they are making money without giving you any services.

23. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's a bigger issue than the "BS copy protection lobby". It's about very profitable companies passing off every little cost to consumers. I could understand if Apple was a struggling company trying to make ends meet but they're not. This just strikes me as very petty.

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

that's why Internet TV is taking off so fast

39. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Until the "content" holders clamp down. https://www.adn.com/article/20151228/gci-will-cut-amc-networks-univision-2016 You have to remember, that part of the reason your cable costs so much is because to get "x" channel, the carrier has to be for 5 other BS channels you never watch. Once they realize that they are not going to make the money that they are used to making, they will reverse course.

5. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Good news is though that now Germany will be making money off every iPhone sold over there!

14. stijnvbml

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

It is not weird that apple let's the consumers pay the fees. Tax is also paid by consumers in a way. It is not Apple their fault so you should not blame the company, instead blame the German government.I'm not an Apple fanboy, this is just how capitalism works. Off-topic; in Germany Apple poructs are still cheaper than here km the Netherlands.

40. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Everything is cheaper outside the Netherlands.. sad story

19. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

The good side is, you are allowed to make backups of your media and sell the original, or make a copy and give it as a free gift to your buddies or record songs from the tv, radio etc. The fee is a compensation for this right. I am fine with that, i buy only used cd's, make a lossless backup and put it back on ebay, absolut legal. :)

43. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

So, in order to be compensated for no deprivation of their property, a trade association deprives consumers of their property? This is a state-sanctioned robbery, plain and simple.

44. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You have to wonder if the increase will be the amount it actually increases or even more..
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