Archive for November 3rd, 2011

Will the Government Take Action Against the Memory Card Tax?

ACTRA is in Ottawa this week for a two-day lobby campaign on issues such as cultural funding and copyright. The group will undoubtedly focus on extending the private copying levy to iPods, an issue it has raised in the past. While there is seemingly no prospect of extending the levy to iPods, the question now is whether the government is prepared to take action against the plan to extend it to memory cards.

The Copyright Board of Canada recently established the timing for the hearing on extending the private copying levy to electronic memory storage devices such as SD cards. The hearing will not start until October 2012, but the time for the government to act is now. Given its opposition to the “iPod tax”, it is hard to see how it can possibly support extending the levy to SD cards and other storage devices. In fact, last year Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore specifically referenced memory cards in a debate on extending the levy:

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November 3, 2011 30 comments News

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 22: Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives represents archives, archivists, and individuals committed to the preservation of archival records in the province. It provided a submission in the national copyright consultation that included the following on digital lock rules: Prohibiting circumvention for legal purposes such as preservation activities by archivists […]

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November 3, 2011 Comments are Disabled News

ACTRA Rep Says Mashups “Morally Wrong”

ACTRA is in Ottawa this week for one of its regular lobbying efforts. Copyright will undoubtedly form part of the effort and will apparently include an unexpected issue. Leah Pinsent is fighting against the Bill C-11 mashup provision, which allows Canadians to create new works for non-commercial purposes with attribution. […]

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November 3, 2011 12 comments Must Reads