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Canada may tax legal music downloads

FuriousBalancing (903038) writes | more than 6 years ago

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FuriousBalancing (903038) writes "MacNN reports:

Canadians may soon pay a small tax on every legal music store download, says a new measure (PDF) sanctioned by the Copyright Board of Canada. Requested by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the tax would apply at least 2.1 cents to every individual song download and 1.5 cents per track for complete albums. Subscription download and streaming services would themselves be charged between 5.7 and 6.8 percent of a user's monthly fees. Minimum fees would also apply for every larger download or subscription. The new tax would be retroactive to January 1st, 1996."

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Fees (1)

tabytomcat (1142109) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048859)

The article does a pretty decent job of arguing against itself, but then goes on to say 'the board disagrees'

I think a few of the big issues that need to be addressed are the fact that we are already paying taxes on all blank media, It seems like were being double taxed (as in they better be dropping the tariffs on cds and mp3 players if there going to be charging tariffs on downloading music). And making the fees retroactive to 1996 is really going to hurt, even if this was proposed in 96' it's not fair to hit that far back.

[117] CAB concedes that the Board has the power to certify a tariff that takes effect in 1996, but argues the Board cannot certify tariffs which are potentially more prejudicial than the tariff originally sought by the collective. There is no need to address this issue. The tariff will provide that royalties will be capped to what was requested in the proposed tariffs.
And I hate to argue for the big guys like apple, but if its not right to charge a small groups then why the heck is it ok to charge the large groups.

[119] SOCAN undertook not to pursue small users retroactively. SOCAN will however claim royalties from large users starting in 1996. Each situation will be looked at on a case by case basis by SOCAN. Common sense and economics will prevail.34

Re:Fees (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 6 years ago | (#21049495)

big groups only get big by charging, everyone has to make money right? The only quarm I have with music downloads is that it charging tons of money for just having a server up that charges people for other persons music...

A 'tax', eh? (1)

rakslice (90330) | more than 6 years ago | (#21053071)

Eek... Misleading headline! I'm skimming through the linked PDF, and it sounds like what is proposed is a statutory tariff where content providers would pay set royalty rates to song rights holders for transferring songs over the Internet, sort of like the existing royalty schemes for song performance rights. I don't get why anyone would call this a 'tax'... If rights holders can negotiate specific agreements for use of their rights at lower prices than the set rate, then how could this _increase_ the cost from the status quo?

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