Canadian Private Copying Collective tries for iPod copyright tax – again

“Canada’s Private Copyright Collective (CPCC) is once again trying to find a way to force would-be iPod buyers to pay a copyright tax despite being told in 2004 such a levy is illegal,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.

Smith reports, “The CPCC said last week it wants $5 (CAD) levied on players with up to 1GB of memory, $25 for up to 10GB of music storage, $50 for capacities of between 10GB and 30GB, and $75 for anything that holds more than 30GB of storage.”

Smith reports, “The CPCC, which distributes to artists and publishers cash collected by the Copyright Board, last week submitted a new plea for an iPod tax to the Board. The current tariff expires on 31 December 2007, so it’s looking to get MP3 players added to the list from 2008 onwards… The Copyright Board will now consider the CPCC submission – and, indeed, those from other stakeholders – before announcing the 2008-2009 tariff later this year.”

Full article here.

Statement of Proposed Levies to Be Collected by CPCC on the Sale, in Canada, of Blank Audio Recording Media for the Years 2008-2009:

CPCC Contact Information:
150 Eglinton Avenue East
Suite 403
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E8
Phone: 416-486-6832 or 1-800-892-7235
FAX: 416 486 3064

Related articles:
Apple Canada announces claims process for iPod levy refunds – September 27, 2005
Apple set to refund levies on iPods bought in Canada – August 08, 2005
Supreme Court of Canada: No levy on Apple iPods – July 28, 2005


  1. While this tax is a money grab from honest people for the crimes of the music thieves, you must remember one thing.

    Our Supreme Court ruled that downloading music for personal use was not a crime. Only offering copyrighted music for upload was a crime.

    As a result, any tax I am forced to pay on MP3 players, blank CD’s and DVD’s and even computers, if the bastards get what they really want, is offset at least 10 fold by the downloads I make after each purchase.

    They keep taxing the stuff I need to run my consulting business and I’ll keep downloading for free in retaliation.

  2. I still haven’t got my money back from the last time that I had to pay an iPod tax before the courts overturned it. The fund thats been created by imposing a levy on recordable media has never been distributed to artists.
    The CPCC is still “working” on a method to distribute money (now in the millions if not billions). Who’s benefiting? certainly not artists ( most who oppose this rip-off)
    And yes its true, Canadians can’t steal music. We pay a “license” for our music everytime we buy a cassette,cd,or,dvd.

  3. Followed on of the links Mike K provided (thanks!).

    These are my favorite sections:

    “Can I legally copy music CDs for my friends?

    The simple answer is NO, but you can legally copy your friend’s music CD for YOUR OWN use.


    Can I make private copies of movies, audiobooks, or software?

    NO. The Private Copying Regime only addresses making private copies for your own use of sound recordings of musical works.”

    Not trying to slam Canada – the US has laws in this area that are just as retarded.

  4. The CPCC and the CRTC are together wholly responsible for the absence of content on Canada’s version of iTunes. They are heavily funded and backed by the music labels and media distributors in the hopes of maintaining a captive population that they can gouge to their hearts content.

  5. Just sent this to the CPCC:

    Dear CPCC,
    What about us that don’t use the iPod for music? Many of us use it to transfer data, carry photos and the like but not music. Should we then be required to pay this onerous music fee you propose?

    Because of the RIAA, CPCC, and the like, many years ago I completely stopped purchasing music; don’t even listen to it on the radio. Notice my life hasn’t changed for the worse and I live very well without purchasing music. Now i have more money for other more important things in my life than music actually.

    Artists enter into a contract with you and the RIAA for a set remuneration for their work. They won’t get any more money with your proposal it isn’t in their contract. Your actions reminds me that in the US there is a extra cost for cassette tapes paid to the RIAA. They thought they needed more money because they thought everyone that purchased cassette tapes was stealing music. My self I never recorded music to tapes, my tapes were used for business never music. Very much I resent having to pay the extra money per tape to the music industry for something I don’t do. Most all my business associates thought the same way. We were miffed!

    Many folks own huge record collections, yes records, along with tapes they purchased over the years. They’ve already paid for the music, why should they now have to pay again to play it on their MP3 player? In essence that’s what is proposed with your tax. This collection on the iPod along with other MP3 players is a very sad thing for MP3 users.

    Thank you for reading this e-mail.


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