Copyright levies systems have been developing worldwide as a standard element of legislation. In Europe, nearly all member states have implemented such a system or are discussing to do so. Croatia which is expected to join the EU on July 1, 2013, or the candidate country Turkey have already implemented fully working copyright levies systems. The same is applicable for Switzerland and Iceland.
Many companies, however, are quite surprised that such systems can also be found outside the EU: For instance, in North Africa, Algeria and Morocco are preparing for copyright levies systems, in Central Africa, Nigeria and Ghana have to be mentioned, in North America, the USA and Canada and in South America, Paraguay and Ecuador. In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been building up new levy systems, and regarding the former Soviet Union, Ukraine and Belarus are the most advanced in the development of such a levy system.
Producers and importers should be aware about the current situation and the changes and amendments regarding copyright levies systems worldwide.