Canadian iPods Not Subject To The "You're A Criminal" Tax
from the nice-of-them dept
Canada has had a long tradition of charging extra fees on recordable media, as a way of "subsidizing" the potential for losses to the entertainment industry. There are, of course, a number of problems with this (including the somewhat obvious question wondering if you're paying that subsidy, does that then give you the right to copy unauthorized files?), but it's why blank CDs and such tend to be more expensive up north. Two years ago, the government extended that fee to mp3 players, but a court later struck that down after retailers (and Apple) complained. The Canadian Supreme Court has refused to hear the case, meaning that iPods and other such music devices won't be taxed for such potential losses any more. Of course, the recording industry is upset, but in their typically clueless way: "Obviously we're disappointed. We felt it was self-evident that those products are sold for the purpose of copying music." Someone want to let them know that these players aren't for copying music, but for listening to music.