Fujitsu Siemens denounces PC tax requirement for copyright

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Bernd Bischoff, President and CEO of Fujitsu Siemens, warned at CeBIT of the harmful consequences that a fee of 48 euros on all PCs sold in Germany, presented by several copyright organizations, may have. This executive from the Sino-German company said that such a fee would make PCs sold in the country less competitive, leading users to buy them in countries neighboring the European Union.

A fee of 48 euros on a standard desktop PC today means an increase of between 10 and 15% of its price, so it will pay, for a large number of buyers, to pay shipping costs from the Netherlands or Poland, for example.

Bernd Bischoff appealed to common sense – even to not burden those users who never (or only sporadically) make copies of content protected by copyright – and defended the idea that their defense will be much more just and effective if producers and content distributors start using the Digital Rights Management tools already available.

Fujitsu Siemens presented at CeBIT this year one of its novelties in portable computers: the Lifebook Q2010, whose main board was developed in Europe in cooperation with Intel for the inclusion of components that allow access to third generation mobile telecommunications networks ( UMTS).

The Q2010 is, therefore, a notebook with added connectivity features, as access to 3G networks comes in addition to access to voice over IP (VoIP) services and calls via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The new laptop from Fujitsu Siemens has a 12.1 inch screen, brings a state-of-the-art Centrino processor (capable of making the battery last 8 hours) but it pays for the innovations, as the price will be from 4 thousand euros .

Rui Jorge Cruz in Hanover (Germany)

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