Apple hikes iPhone prices in Germany over music, pornography levy


Apple has raised the prices for handheld devices in Germany following a deal between the tech industry and content producers that will benefit musicians, actors and pornographic filmmakers.

The California-based company confirmed in a statement Sunday to The Associated Press that the price increase affecting iPhones and iPads is linked to the new copyright levy.

Apple, Samsung and others agreed last month to pay from 5 euros to 7 euros ($5.50-$7.70) for each smartphone or tablet imported to Germany.

The money will be distributed among creative professionals, including a group representing “creators, producers and acting artists of erotic and pornographic films.”

The agreement is based on a 1965 German law that allows consumers to make private copies of sound, images or texts in return for a small levy on the device.