Apple Computer today announced that it plans to offer Canadians who purchased iPods subject to the private copying levy a refund of the levy portion of the purchase price (typically $25 per iPod). No word yet on how they plan to do this, but reports suggest that $4 million in levy revenues was generated from iPod sales.
Apple was a big supporter of the legal challenge to the levy, which made for a curious position given that they now celebrate a Canadian law that may render it unlawful for consumers to copy their CDs onto their iPod (then again, purchasers of songs on iTunes can lawfully copy to their iPod so perhaps the position isn't quite so curious).
One remaining question is what is to become of the undistributed money. With $4 million to return, it seems likely that there will be a sizable chunk of change left. I think an ideal plan would be to use the unclaimed money to do what Apple should be doing: using it fund a public interest group to fight for a fair use provision under Canadian copyright law so that all iPod users can use their devices without fear of legal liability.