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sm5w2
Premium
join:2004-10-13
St Thomas, ON

Will federal tarrifs/tax on recordable media be dropped?

I don't know if this was asked in any of the other threads related to TS and the Voltage lawsuit...

If unauthorized downloading in Canada is now punishable in civil court, then what is the rationale or argument for continuing to have a tarrif or special tax on recordable media / memory that was meant to be distributed back to content owners?

singerie3

join:2008-10-12
Saint-Constant, QC
i think this tax only apply to music

vintagewino

join:2003-07-22
Grimsby, ON
kudos:2
Reviews:
·TekSavvy DSL
reply to sm5w2
Even media that is used for purposes other than entertainment gets hit with the ummm, "fee".

Since when is a tax removed completely, and the price actually drops? Most of the CD media is tax, anyway. The ratio is almost the same as spirits.

cog_biz_user
i ruin threads apparently

join:2011-04-19
Hamilton, ON
reply to sm5w2
i thought this fee also applied to hard drives, because of their immense size...?

Walter Dnes

join:2008-01-27
Thornhill, ON
reply to sm5w2
said by sm5w2:

I don't know if this was asked in any of the other threads related to TS and the Voltage lawsuit...

If unauthorized downloading in Canada is now punishable in civil court, then what is the rationale or argument for continuing to have a tarrif or special tax on recordable media / memory that was meant to be distributed back to content owners?

The downloading tax is distributed to music rights holders only. It was never intended for any other forms of content. E.g. downloading movies, MS Windows, Photoshop, ebooks, etc is still absolutely illegal.


ChuckcZar

@teksavvy.com
reply to sm5w2
I've also seen that green tax or tax or disposable tax on blank cd's blank dvd's and blank blu-ray discs. This tax is beyond criminal and our only recourse is to buy this stuff from America.


EUS
Kill cancer
Premium
join:2002-09-10
canada
reply to sm5w2
When was the last time you've seen any tax go away altogether (and not replaced with another one)?
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~ Project Hope ~


Gone
Premium
join:2011-01-24
Fort Erie, ON
kudos:4
reply to cog_biz_user
said by cog_biz_user:

i thought this fee also applied to hard drives, because of their immense size...?

No. It *only* applies to CD-R media (and also cassette tapes and minidiscs, but that's outside the scope of this discussion). The Copyright Board tried to add levies to a bunch of other media about ten or so years ago the federal court ended up turfing it at some point before it was ever implemented.


FiReSTaRT
Premium
join:2010-02-26
Canada
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·Velcom
reply to EUS
said by EUS:

When was the last time you've seen any tax go away altogether (and not replaced with another one)?

And if it goes away, the retailer will just raise the prices. That's what happened when some government fee on airline tickets got eliminated south of the border. Ticket prices never changed.
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If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
—George Bernard Shaw