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.