Apple set to refund levies on iPods bought in Canada

“People who bought iPods when levies were being imposed on digital music players will soon be able to get their money back, Apple Canada said Monday,” The Canadian Press reports.

“‘Apple is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada let stand a lower court ruling that blank media levies on iPods are invalid, and will shortly announce a claims process so consumers can request a refund for the levies they paid,’ the statement from Apple said,” The Canadian Press reports. “Late last month, the Supreme Court of Canada backed the Federal Court of Canada decision quashing the levy on iPods and other digital music players.”

Full article here.

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20 Comments

  1. “a levy on “blank media devices”??? What kind of bizarro tax is that? Has your PM Martin lost his marbles?”

    Someone needs to go take a class in Political Science…

    Why is it that most people on this continent seem to think the President/PM of a country is running everything? Democratic governments are not corporations… Just like in the US, Canadian government rule is distributed to representatives of the people and senators. The PM didn’t make this tax, and can ‘t make any taxes… he’s not a king, any more than that prick in Washington is (no matter what oil-boy may think of himself).

  2. This tax was (is still) part of the copyright system in Canada. Blank recording media had a tax levied against it that was distributed to the music creators. It was seen as a general understanding that lots of blank media (tapes & CDs) was bought to make copies of recorded music.

  3. The levies on blank media allows us to download to our hearts content without fear of the Gestopo hunting us down, illegally obtaining ISP records, and throwing us in jail.

    That is why we pay levies. Part of the levy goes to all artists.

    G5Man

  4. To: Americans

    The Canadian Prime Minister appoints every Cabinet Minister, without review and can replace any one of them, on a whim, any time.

    The Canadian Prime Minister signs the nomination papers of everyone running for Parliament under his party’s banner and can refuse any nominee and even refuse to allow incumbents to run again.

    The Canadian Prime Minister can call an election, any time he wishes, up to 5 years from when he got in. He always picks a time when he is high in the poles.

    The Canadian Prime Minister controls the vote of every member of Parliament under his party’s banner and throws out those who don’t vote his way.

    The Canadian Prime Minister aproves every new law that his party tries to pass and when Parliament is not in session he can pass new laws on his own.

    The Canadian Prime Minister picks every Senator and can get the Senate to rubber stamp any new law he passes.

    The Canadian Prime Minister picks, without review, every member of the Supreme Court. He loads the Court with individuals of his political stripe. He can’t directly influence their decision but he is given a heads up when a ruling is not going his way, which does happen rarely. He can delay the judgment for a year or two then when it is announced he can have the judgment suspended for another year or two.

    The Canadian Prime Minister has absolute control over the armed forces, such as they are, and can even use them to keep the Provinces in line. He controls the Provinces by not giving them their share of the National Income Tax.

    The Canadian Prime Minister was voted into office by less than 20,000 people and they were all bribed by the many Federal projects slated for their area.

    No, he is not a King, he is a Dictator.

    I live in a Socialist Dictatorship.

  5. As Al noted, in Canada the PM is extremely powerful by comparison to the US President, or most other heads of government for that matter. You could make the case that this is a sensible levy, but to portray the Canadian PM as pretty much a spectator in its continuance is…um…lame.
    Also, did you have to be such an obnoxious pr**k in your response? This wasn’t about GWB.

  6. >I’m glad for you but…a levy on “blank media devices”??? What kind of bizarro tax is that? Has your PM Martin lost his marbles?
    RT>

    It’s like all the other left wing loonies—tax–tax—tax. Give other people you hard earned money, tax—tax and more tax.

  7. ron,

    “The Canadian Prime Minister controls the vote of every member of Parliament under his party’s banner and throws out those who don’t vote his way.”

    That’s not true to the ABSOLUTE sense. There are free votes, like the recently approved same-sex legislation where a cabinet minister resigned his post and voted against it.

    “As expected, about three dozen Liberal MPs voted against the bill. Martin declared it a free vote for backbench MPs, but cabinet ministers were under orders to vote in favour of the bill”

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1119954631626_33/?hub=TopStories

  8. Yes – you should learn more about Parliament and how the system works. And, yes the PM can certainly do things differently than the President. Yada, Yada.

    When I was last in Toronto I went out of my way to spend time observing the Provincial Parliament in Toronto from their visitors area – just fascinating to watch a different government system in action. Seems like the US Congress, though – lots of talk, lots of arguing, but not much progress. C’est La Vie.

    Anyway, don’t forget that in the US we already have the RIAA. They not only sue their own customers, they also tax ‘Music CD-Rs’ and want to spread that lovely fee to every other blank media. I think in this case another tax to Canadians isn’t necessarily bad – as mentioned above it makes all copying legal.

    Here’s a good explanation: http://techcentralstation.com/081803C.html

    Somehow I think the RIAA wouldn’t like the scenario in Canada to happen here.

  9. JC,

    That vote on same sex marriage was already in the bag. The Canadian Prime Minister had nothing to lose by allowing a free vote for some but not all of his members. If he did not have the votes he would have required all of his members to vote for it or resign from the party.

    The Canadian Prime Minister is an absolute dictator between elections and just before the election he buys the votes he needs with my tax money. I don’t care which party he belongs to.

  10. “Democratic governments are not corporations… Just like in the US, Canadian government rule is distributed to representatives of the people and senators.”

    Um yeah havent been paying attention to whats going on here in the US have you?

    The government here is owned by corporations due to no campaign finance reform. Our government doesnt represent people, only business interests.

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