Monday, May 23, 2011
Canadian Copyright Group Wants Tax on Memory Cards
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM
"As even non-Canadians may recall, there was a big issue in the country a few years back over a so-called "iPod tax" (something that cropped up again in the recent election) and, while it still hasn't come to pass, the Canadian Private Copying Collective is now pushing for a music tax of another sort. While there's no iPods in danger of being taxed this time, the CPCC is asking for a new levy to be placed on memory cards (presumably all types, although that hasn't been specified)."
This makes even less sense than the CD/DVD tax does; the number of MP3 players that use memory cards is relatively tiny, though they're probably targeting phones more than anything else. Thankfully I don't go through that many blank CDs or DVDs any more, but the concept of this tax is inherently unfair. I'd guess that the vast majority of memory cards purchased are used in digital cameras, so how can the CPCC justify their charge of copyright violation? This is bureaucratic corruption, pure and simple.