Industry Proposing an Increase of 181% on Blank CDs - And That's Not All
What's the issue?
You may not know
it, but you're paying a levy every time you buy a blank CD (21 cents
each), audio cassette (29 cents each) or MiniDisc (77 cents each).
industry wants to increase the current levies by
as much as 181% in the
case of CD's, and apply it to more recordable
media and devices such as
blank DVDs, removable flash memory cards, MP3 players and Hard
First, it's not fair. All our customers are being charged for this - even those who don't use these products to record music.
Second, virtually every penny of this levy money will go directly to American interests as that is where the majority of the copy writes are held. In other words, none of the levy money stays in Canada to support Canadian artists, businesses or our economy.
If the music industry gets the new levies it wants, you're going to be faced with dramatic price hikes, which will double every 18 months in direct relation to the increase in the average size of computer storage, which will make many products unaffordable.
information available directly from the
do the Levies Go?
The levies are collected by the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC), which is responsible for distributing the money to organizations representing record companies, producers, and others who own the rights to copyrighted material. Since the regime was established in December 1999, the CPCC has collected over $87 million in levies. According to the CPCC's website, however, copyright holders have only received $26 million to date.
Why hasn't the balance of $61 million be distribute to the intended copy write holders? That is the $61 million question that no one seems to have an answer for.
are the problems with
the Levy System?
In addition to costing businesses and consumers millions of dollars each year, the system is fundamentally flawed and outdated.
Alternatives exist. New technologies and distribution models are being developed that work for consumers, while providing fair compensation to copyright holders.
Tell the government it should repeal changes to the Copyright Act that allowed the recording industry to impose these additional charges.
Minister of Heritage - Frulla.L@parl.gc.ca
(Information supplied in whole or in part from the CCFDA website)
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