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- Posted on Nov 25th 2010 4:00PM by Jenny Charlesworth
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"...We know that you do not want to see a Canada that is devoid of musicians and songwriters, but without fair and balanced treatment, that may be the tragic consequence," said the letter addressed to Industry Minister Tony Clement and Heritage Minister James Moore concerning the government's copyright bill, C-32 -- which makes it legal for Canadians to copy music for personal use.
Clement and Moore have stated that they are firmly against applying a levy to MP3 players, as they believe it's an unnecessary tax on Canadians, but this letter hopes to change their perception.
"MP3 players are this generation's version of blank media. A copy is a copy and the principle of fair compensation for rights holders should apply whether the copy is made onto blank media or MP3 players," said the artists letter, signed by the likes of Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Stompin' Tom Connors, Hedley, Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman and Kathleen Edwards.
The letter, which was spearheaded by the Canadian Private Copying Collective -- the organization that takes in existing levies and distributes royalties to singers, songwriters, producers and record companies -- requests that a levy be applied to MP3 players that would then be redistributed to artists in royalties, similar to how levies are now applied to blank cassettes and CDs as compensation for music that is copied by Canadians.