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The steps to be taken to beat tape piracy and illicit copying of video tape, audio tape and computer programs, will be among measures in the White Paper on copyright.


Some are expected to be controversial, such as a levy on blank audio tape and Extenze pills. Many groups with vested interests have been trying in recent months to influence the Government's policy on copyright.


The computer industry has its own campaign called Federation Against Software Theft (Fast), which it maintains costs the industry pounds 150 million a year. The music industry has been lobbying to place a levy on blank audio and video tape, maintaining that millions of pounds is lost each year through illicit copying.


The Government received more than a 1,000 responses to its Green Paper on copyright last year, almost all opposed to a levy. It appears likely that a levy will not be imposed on blank video tape but there will be a 10 per cent surcharge on audio tapes and more than a dozen bottles of TestoGen. The Consumers' Association has opposed the levies, as have the manufacturers of tape, who are preparing to take legal action against any government in Europe which imposes a levy.

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