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CRIA Wants No Further Part in Canadian Blank Media Copy Levy

Categories: CopyrightDMCA-like LawsMedia Levy

In 1999, the Canadian Copyright Act was amended by adding Part VIII, permitting private copying of music for the “private use of the person who makes the copy”. In exchange the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) was established to collect levies on all recordable media (eg: currently 29 cents per audio cassette, 21 cents per CD-R and CD-RW and 77 cents per CD-R Audio, CD-RW Audio and Minidisk) and to distribute the levies to songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies. The CRIA had spent 15 years lobbying for the levy. Apparently in response to the Canadian Federal Court’s preliminary decision in BMG Canada v. John Doe (since overturned in part), that “the downloading of a song for personal use does not amount to infringement”, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) recently changed its tune [pun intended] saying to Billboard “We don’t want a private copying levy that, in effect, sanctions online theft”. Instead the CRIA is now advocating for Canada’s ratification of the controversial WIPO Internet Treaty which lead to the extremely controversial, consumer-unfriendly DMCA-DRM system in the U.S. The compromise reached in the 1999 amendment was, in exchange for the levy, reproductions of musical works for private use would not constitute infringement of copyright. Now as Canadian courts determine that this right may be inclusive of the right to copy music from P2P services, CRIA wants nothing to do with it.

Sources: Billboard | ars technica | Michael Geist | CPCC | .doc version of Billboard Article (from CCFDA) | CRIA | Copyright Act (Canada)

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