Private copying is…
Copying musical works, books, documentaries, images, series or films on a USB flash drive, tablet, set-top box or smartphone for one’s personal use is perfectly legal: it is in fact a freedom, made possible thanks to the private copying system.
Private copying is an exception to authors’ rights which involves financial compensation. The principle is simple: the purchase price of a storage device (blank DVD or CD, USB flash drive, external hard drive, tablet, smartphone, etc) includes a share payable by the consumer to remunerate creators, authors, performers, publishers and producers. This is the private copy levy. This remuneration also serves to support cultural initiatives all over France: 25% of the total remuneration for private copying serves to fund these events in the general interest.
NB: When such equipment is acquired for professional uses by corporations or private individuals, COPIE FRANCE has provided for a system for reimbursement or exemption.
Private copying is a flexible efficient system based on negotiation and consensus between representatives of consumers, beneficiaries, authors, performers and producers, and of importers of recording media. Thus, for nearly 30 years, private copying has guaranteed a balance between the public’s natural aspiration to have access to works and the principle of fair remuneration for creators. It also has a major role in territories’ artistic vitality, since over 5,000 cultural projects receive support thanks to the private copy levy in France every year.