Last fall, months before the start of the Canadian copyright review, the Canadian Private Copying Collective, the collective that administers the tax on blank CDs that has long advocated for extending the payments to iPods and other electronic devices, met with senior officials at Canadian Heritage including Deputy Minister Graham Flack and Melanie Joly’s chief of staff Leslie Church (over two days the collective also met with politicians such as Dan Ruimy, Peter Van Loan, and Pierre Nantel). According to documents released under the Access to Information Act, the collective arrived with a startling demand, asking the federal government to pay $160 million over the next four years to compensate for music copying.
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Canadian Music Industry Wants Government to Pay Copying Fee for Every Smartphone Sold in Canada
Canadian Government Announces Plans To Block Copyright Levy on MicroSD Cards
The Canadian government announced yesterday that it will use its regulation-making power to block the attempt to apply the private copying levy to MicroSD cards. I noted last November that it had this power to stop a Copyright Board hearing into the matter and that the Canadian Private Copying Collective […]
Telecom and Tech Coalition Calls on Government To Stop MicroSD Card Levy
Interestingly, the article quotes David Basskin of the Canadian Private Copying Collective, who says that it would be unfair for the government to stop the process before the Copyright Board of Canada has heard the case. Basskin states “it’s manifestly unfair. We have a solid case to make, and we look forward to making it. The matter is, as you might say, ‘before the courts.’ The Copyright Board has the power of a court.”
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 […]
Retail Council Calls for Scrapping Private Copying Levy
The Wire Report reports that the Retail Council of Canada is calling on the government to scrap the private copying levy in the aftermath of the CPCC demand to create a levy on memory cards. The CPCC’s David Basskin argues eliminating the levy would “recriminalize making private copies” but that […]
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