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Paying for home-copying

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you are a manufacturer, importer of or trader in:

  • blank image carriers, such as CDs, DVDs, external hard disk drives and e-readers
  • devices that can be used by consumers to make copies, such as PCs, laptops, tablets, MP3 players and smartphones

you must pay a fee in order to partially compensate copyright owners for the loss of income due to home-copying. The amount of the fee dependsExternal link on the type of carrier or device. The fee is collected by the Dutch Home-Copying Foundation (Stichting de Thuiskopie).

Registration and statement

You must submit a statement to the FoundationExternal link yourself, in which you specify the number of products you have manufactured in or imported into the Netherlands. You submit the statement immediately upon completion of production or immediately upon import. To be able to do so, you must first register with the FoundationExternal link.

Professional user

If you are a professional end user, you may be exempted from payingExternal link or you may be eligible for a refund of previously paid fees.


If you export the goods for which you have already paid home-copying fees, you can apply for a refundExternal link to the Foundation.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency