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7-13] What's this about a Canadian CD-R tax?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

7-13] What's this about a Canadian CD-R tax?

(2006/02/27)

In the United States, a distinction is made between "consumer digital
audio" media and data media. You have to pay extra for consumer audio CD-R
blanks and DAT tapes, and the music recording industry gets a piece on the
assumption that the media will be used to hold commercially recorded
material.

Canada has gone a step farther, by placing a levy upon *all* media capable
of storing audio. Even the "data" CD-R blanks, which don't work in consumer
audio CD-recordable decks, are subject to the levy. Starting Jan 1 2001,
the levy was raised from CDN$0.052 to CDN$0.21 (a 4x increase) for CD-R
and CD-RW discs.

Some web sites with more information:

http://neil.eton.ca/copylevy.shtml
http://pcbuyersguide.com/hardware/storage/cdr-levy.html

See also http://www.cb-cda.gc.ca/news-e.html for a 1999/12/17 announcement
that the Levy has gone into effect, and http://www.cb-cda.gc.ca/news-e.html
for an announcement about the 2001 price increase.

http://www.cb-cda.gc.ca/tariffs/proposed/c25022006-b.pdf has the 2007
proposal, which continues the CDN$0.21 per disc price. The price for discs
purchased in bulk quantities can more than double because of the levy.


 

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