CPCC: No Levies on Cloud Music Services

The Canadian Private Copying Collective has issued a release saying that it has no plans to seek a levy on cloud-based music services. The CPCC says the services are viewed as licensed services, not private copying (though neither the Google nor Amazon services are currently licensed).  The announcement vindicates Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, who identified cloud-based services as a reason not to extend the levy in November 2010 in response to Bloc Quebecois questions in the House of Commons:

My colleague from the Bloc Québécois keeps talking about downloading and MP3s. She does not mention applications like Stitcher and streaming online services. People do not download music now and then pay for the download. People are now streaming media online. There are whole new services now for streaming music.

Therefore, the proposals that she has talked about but has not written down so we cannot see the details of it, does not actually fit the current regime of how people are consuming music. It does not work. It is a solution for 1995. It is not a solution for 2010 and 2015. What she is proposing is window dressing. It is not actually substantive in dealing with the issue of the private copying regime. It does not actually substantively do it.


  1. A cloud is your personal storage…
    To tax it would be to tax storing your CD in a CD wallet. That’s why they didn’t do it.