Post Tagged with: "private copying"

The Private Copying Levy Distortion

The Copyright Board of Canada last week released its proposed tariff for 2007 for the private copying levy.  The numbers remain unchanged: 21 cents per CD-R.  As prices have dropped, however, the levy now frequently comprises a significant percentage of the retail price.  Consider the purchase of 100 blank Maxell […]

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February 26, 2006 12 comments News

France Considers Extending The Reach of Private Copying

Bloomberg is reporting that late last night the French Parliament voted to extend the reach of private copying by expressly providing that "authors cannot forbid the reproduction of works that are made on any format from an online communications service when they are intended to be used privately'' and not […]

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December 22, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Stand Up

The CD version of Stand Up, the latest release from the Dave Matthews Band, contains copy control technology that is ostensibly designed to limit or prevent copying. The technology doesn't do a particularly good job at stopping copying, however, though it is very good at annoying consumers. Artists don't appear […]

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August 19, 2005 5 comments News

Canadian iPod Purchasers to Receive Levy Refund

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 […]

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August 8, 2005 4 comments News

CRIA’s Higher Risk Strategy

Of all the reactions to today's SCC decision to skip the appeal of the private copying decision, I thought the Canadian Recording Industry Association's was the most remarkable.  I've obviously commented regularly on its high risk strategy of suing individual file sharers.  I think this is a bad strategy for […]

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July 28, 2005 8 comments News