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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Memory Card Tax Pushed in Canada

Memory Card Tax Pushed in Canada

Memory Card Tax Pushed in Canada

Added: Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
After facing the failure of their attempt to convince the authorities to apply levy to MP3 players, the CPCC (Canadian Private Copying Collective) decided to petition the country’s Copyright Board to recognize electronic media cards as a recordable media, and therefore tax them depending on their storage size. The suggested tax is 50c for up to 1GB; then $1 for up to 8GB; and $3 for more than 8GB.

The Canadian Private Copying Collective is now intensively pushing for a new tax on electronic memory cards. This move will undoubtedly make the public realize how absurd and far from reality this outfit really is.

After the organization faced the decline in blank physical media consumption, it started pushing the government to have the tax extended to portable media players like iPods, but so far without much success. Once the CPCC realized they are unable to convince the government that electronic devices represent the recordable media, they decided to choose another way and petitioned the Copyright Board to put electronic memory cards into a category of recordable media. In the petition, the Canadian Private Copying Collective suggests to impose the levy rates for each CD Audio as 29c per piece, and for electronic memory cards as 50c for 1GB of memory or less, $1.00 for 1-8 GB of memory, and $3.00 for over 8GB of memory.

Actually, the fact that the outfit proposed such an idea shows how desperate it has become. Of course, electronic memory cards can be used for copying and sharing music, but they mostly are not. Instead, they are used for plenty of purposes having no connection with music at all. This becomes ridiculous when counted in figures: if the levy is imposed, the photographers would be first to be forced to subsidize the outfit, as they are using memory cards for cameras. For example, if now an 8GB memory card costs $12, then with the levy it would be $3 more expensive, which makes it $15 – extra 25% of which are paid for a card having absolutely nothing to do with music. And digital cameras, according to some researches, are the main market for SD cards, followed by the smart phone users trying to add extra memory storage for their personal content like photos and data. All those consumers would apparently not like a new hidden tax on their devices in a form of memory card levy.

May 18th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-18 14:49:20)
mbmtlqcca avatarmbmtlqcca avatar I own several SD cards and planning to buy quite a few more, EXCLUSIVELY for my cameras. If those bozos from the ''Canadian Private Copying Collective'' want more money, they should re-petition the Harper bunch to levy taxes on the real medias used (pods and such, and CD's). We're already overtaxed in Canada as it is, we don't need more. I don't want to pay a levy to fund artists unable to sustain themselves with their work (like I do). NO MATTER WHAT THE AMOUNT IS!!!

Furthermore, just look at how long it took them (Canadian Private Copying Collective) to start paying the copyright holders for their work : ''CPCC began making payments early in 2003. In January, CPCC carried out the first of a series of payments being made from the over $28 million in private copying royalties available for distribution from 2000 and 2001. 2003 will also see payment from the additional $26 million available from 2002.'' That's 2 years before paying out!!! Lets see, $28 millions at 2% interest = $560,000.00 and change X 2, that's a cool Million, just in bank interest). GIVE ME A F... BREAK.

posted by Site FriendKitty (2011-05-18 18:06:03)
aSBo avatarcanada already pay moose tax and have celine dion wtf the queefing manginas! lol

posted by (2011-05-18 22:02:32)
whiskerz87 avatarto quote my hero, "FCK canada"...eric cartman
whats next for canada a stroke tax...every hand movement used for adult motion pics will be 1 penny and hand stroke....that wld make some money

posted by (2011-05-19 01:15:57)
No avatari think the main question to ask is...who is going to gain by the new levy?

how are the recording companies going to be reimbursed for lost revenue from a government tax?

who in the government is already in bed with the recording companies? (CEO, major share holder, private producer)

do your homework & vote accordingly ppl... you placed these criminals into your public offices... and you can replace them.

posted by (2011-05-19 12:57:02)
nos avatarim from canada.... this is crazy....

posted by Turtle (2011-05-20 03:43:08)
bigcow2k avataryeah i'm from uk and we too have silly laws and silly taxes, and the gov love to give out freebies to ppl who dont wanna work..so, we ain't far off too...

posted by (2011-05-20 11:24:43)
ic3m4l3 avataryeh but lets be honest memory cards ARE recordable media

but canadia hasent got filesharing laws innit? i mean like spazbo sed theyve got celine dion so its not like anything they need to keep copyprotected innit

manginas lmmao how old are u spaz?
southern fairys i dunno

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