Copyright Board puts freeze on blank media levy

Friday, December 12 2003 @ 01:18 PM CST

Contributed by: Linegod

In a long-awaited decision, Copyright Board of Canada on Friday froze all existing private copying levies on recording devices, eliciting mixed feelings from the technology industry and a more negative reaction from the group representing many artists, Canadian Private Copying Collective.

Under the decision, the following tariffs will hold in 2003-2004: 29 cents on audio cassette tapes of 40 minutes or longer; 21 cents on CD-Rs and CD-RWs; and 77 cents on CD-R Audio, CD-RW Audio and MiniDiscs.

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American sites are spinning this as 'Canada declares P2P legal' or somesuch, but the right to copy was done back in 1997, IIRC. this is just saying we're not going to tax DVDs, etc, along with the tax we are already paying on CDRs.