Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
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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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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Last Updated: Nov 28, 2020 2:39 p.m.