Canada’s Tories reject consumer fee on MP3 players

[Canwest] A consumer levy on blank tapes and compact discs to compensate musicians may be fine, but the Conservative government on Tuesday drew the line at extending the fee to iPods and other MP3 players.The federal government first introduced private copying provisions in Canada’s Copyright Act in 1997 so musicians and other artists could be compensated when consumers purchased any “blank audio-recording medium” to make mixed tapes or CDs of favourite tracks. The Conservative government kept these provisions in place when it introduced its own copyright reform package in 2008.

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