Canadians Burned By Blank-CD Levy
from the keeps-going-up dept
Wired News is pointing out that Canadians are (finally) getting fed up with the blank CD levy they’re being charged. Canada forces an extra levy to be charged on every blank CD sold, which is collected by an organization to give out to musicians who feel they’re being ripped off by people copying their music. It’s basically a tax for musicians. Except… that none of the money actually goes to musicians. That part, it seems, is just too “complicated”. However, even though the musicians haven’t actually received the money they’re due, the organization that collects the fees has decided that they’re not nearly high enough, and wants to nearly triple the fees. It seems that their greed is finally causing some to notice the fact that there’s this tax on CDs and complain. People are starting to fight back, saying the whole idea of a blank CD levy is unfair. The thing is, if they had kept the fees low, I doubt many people would have complained. But to increase it from $0.052 to $0.21 to $0.59 is extremely noticeable.