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Apple charged €12 million for unpaid iPad copyright taxes

Apple Unpaid iPad Copyright Taxes

The French society of authors, composers, and music publishers (SACEM) is currently awaiting a huge tax payment from Apple. According to French tech site PC INpact, the Cupertino company failed to pay €5 million in 2011 for iPad royalties, and another €12 million for unpaid taxes in 2012. The taxes, known as copie privée in France, apply to any electronic device that can make use of copyrighted material, including books, movies and TV shows. Apple did not pay the copie privée in 2011, which amounted to €5 million, and now the company apparently has once again failed to pay off the tax to the tune of €12 million in 2012, more than double the previous amount. The courts in Paris are demanding Apple pay the tax, but there does not appear to have been any word from Apple on if it plans on complying yet, although the company’s Q4 2013 earnings certainly show that Apple is capable of making these payments.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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