A French organization representing recorded-music rights holders is threatening to take Apple to court over the company's alleged refusal to pay a French tax on music players.

The Society of Music Creators, Composers and Publishers (Sacem) has accused Apple of refusing to pay a levy on sales of the iPod, according to Associated Press.

Sacem said that unless Apple settles its account it "will have no other option than to go immediately to court to make sure that the rights of artists, composers and producers are respected".

The tax, similar to one in Canada, is levied on sales of blank CDs, tapes, disks and other hardware that can be used to copy music. The proceeds go to musicians and other rights holders who lose money to piracy.