Canadian Copyright Collective Demanding Memory Card Tax


Sun, May 15th, 2011 10:42 by capnasty NEWS

According to Michael Geist, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) -- a greedy body that has already given us levies on blank CDs (and casettes!) -- has decided to push for a levy on memory cards. As Mr. Geist explains:

The financial impact of the levy would be significant. A 2GB SD card currently sells for about $6.00 and this would add an additional dollar or almost 15% to the cost. Given that the levy would remain static (or even increase) but the costs of SD cards are dropping by roughly 30% annually, the percentage of levy in the overall cost would likely gradually increase over time. Moreover, music plays a small role in the use of memory cards. A recent report indicates that digital cameras are the primary market for SD cards with smartphones the second biggest (and fastest growing) market. Music is a small part of the equation, yet the CPCC is demanding payment for every memory card sold in Canada regardless of its intended or actual use.

With Apple iPods being the top 9 most popular MP3 players, none which actually take a memory card for expansion, the CPCC is basically taxing people who use the cards on devices like smartphones, cameras and video recorders.



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