Apply pirating levy to iPods, Canadian artists urge
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Artists and politicians came together in St. John's
this weekend, as the city hosted the Junos, to call on the government to
update current legislation and apply the private-copy levy to iPods and
other digital recording devices.
"Canadian artists are no longer being compensated for the hundreds of
millions of copies made of their works," said Annie Morin, chairwoman of
the Canadian Private Copying Collective, which administers the levy, and
distributes it to artists.
Under the current system, blank CDs and cassette tapes sold to the public
are assessed with a surcharge, which is given to Canadian artists to make
up for revenue they would lose due to piracy.
Since 1990, the levy has generated more than $180 million for Canadian
NDP MP Charlie Angus introduced a private member's bill in the House of
Commons calling on the Conservative government to update the legislation.
The bill passed with the support of the Bloc Quebecois and the Liberals,
but the government has indicated it is not interested in pursuing the
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