Artists, politicians call for updated private copy levy

Staff ~ The Telegram
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

NDP MP Charlie Angus speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel Saturday. At right is Canadian Idol fourth season winner Eva Avila. Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Artists and politicians came together in the Sheraton Hotel this afternoon to call on the government to update legislation - applying 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 artists.
NDP MP Charlie Angus introduced a private members bill into 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 that they are not interested in following up on it.

Organizations: Canadian Private Copying Collective, House of Commons, Bloc Quebecois

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments

Recent comments

  • gigglez
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Another politician buying votes and the heck with the people!

  • Anon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Im in support of the bill for musicians that arnt making millions. Theres no reason why justin bieber should get a few cents per blank cd sold when real music artists who sell under a couple thousand cds a year should get the same amount. Distribute the levy so rising musicians can get on their feet and the hell with the ones making millions already.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I use blank CD's to back up my own files, that I have created, and end up paying the likes of Canadian Idol winners. What a scam. What a farce. I work, they get paid for MY work.

  • gigglez
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Another politician buying votes and the heck with the people!

  • Anon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Im in support of the bill for musicians that arnt making millions. Theres no reason why justin bieber should get a few cents per blank cd sold when real music artists who sell under a couple thousand cds a year should get the same amount. Distribute the levy so rising musicians can get on their feet and the hell with the ones making millions already.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    I use blank CD's to back up my own files, that I have created, and end up paying the likes of Canadian Idol winners. What a scam. What a farce. I work, they get paid for MY work.