For those of you who don't know, this is not a joke, there really is something called the Canadian Private Copying Collective and it is currently taxing each blank CD-R in Canada 21 cents.
The Canadian Private Copying Collectives recently proposed new and increased levies on recordable media.
These levies could add $120 to the cost of a new Apple IPOD or $92 on a new digital camera. In addition to a $21 per gigabyte tax on an MP3 player and an $80 per gigabyte tax on compact flash media for your digital camera, the tax would add 69 cents plus GST and PST to the cost of every blank audio cassette and 59 cents plus GST and PST to every blank CD-R. This tax would add over $33 to the price of 50 blank CD's!
A new 20 Gig RioVolt would be taxed $420 Canadian plus sales tax!
There will be no exemptions and all proceeds will go to the Canadian recording industry. Canadian software developers who also suffer from digital piracy will not get a dime of the new proposed revenues.
The typical response is for individuals to petition or email their MPP or send a note to the CRTC.
These measures will have no effect and a better alternative is to boycott.More Information on Levy
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