Fearing Legalized P2P Downloading, CRIA Declares War On Private Copying Levy

Michael Geist, Weblog, Sept 18, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Canadian recording industry has lobbied for many years for a 'private copying levy', successfully adding a tax to all blank media sold in Canada. Now it has realized - all of a sudden - that this levy makes actually using the media to copy content legal. Because that's what we paid for when we paid the levy. Here's the reality that results from this: "the Copyright Board has developed jurisprudence that provides a strong argument that downloading music on peer-to-peer networks is lawful in Canada." Quite so, and if they want to make it illegal, perhaps they could begin by paying back all the money they've collected as compensation.
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