Canadian Copyright Group Pushes for Tax on Memory Cards

Photography lovers in Canada may soon be caught in the crossfire of the music industry’s fight against piracy. The Canadian Private Copying Collective is pushing for a new tax on memory cards that would be based on the capacity of the cards — $0.50 for 1GB or less, $1 for 1-8GB cards, and $3 for any card with over 8GBs. Law professor Michael Geist writes,

The financial impact of the levy would be significant. A 2GB SD card currently sells for about $6.00 and this would add an additional dollar or almost 15% to the cost. Given that the levy would remain static (or even increase) but the costs of SD cards are dropping by roughly 30% annually, the percentage of levy in the overall cost would likely gradually increase over time. Moreover, music plays a small role in the use of memory cards. A recent report indicates that digital cameras are the primary market for SD cards with smartphones the second biggest (and fastest growing) market. Music is a small part of the equation, yet the CPCC is demanding payment for every memory card sold in Canada regardless of its intended or actual use.

You can read more about the current state of Canada’s private copying levies here.

(via Michael Geist Boing Boing)

Image credit: Somewhat Overpackaged by Ben Ward

  • Anonymous

    Hard drives I understand but cards? Still if it keeps some random’s hands out of my pocket then fair enough.

    Failing that. I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

  • Jack Kennedy

    Considering most music playing devices have built in memory, this is a very silly tax. 

  • Bob Dunkin

    Actually…a good portion of the new Copyright bill is silly.  Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, its likely to pass this time around.

  • Jon Liebold

    Even better is how they still want this levy and still want to ban downloading for free which they have been told they get one or the other. Just another example of how these organizations care little about copyright but rather they care about protecting outdated business models and profits.

  • SQS

     Get used to this tax. We’ve had it in Hungary for about 2 or 3 years. Copyright tax on all hard drives, memory cards, pendrives, phones with built in memory, CDs and DVDs (that’s why the latter costs 80 cents a piece).

  • Garmin Argentina

    in spain they have the “canon digital” that is a similar way,

  • Travis

    As an employee of a Canadian retailer who sells cameras and camera accessories I for one cannot wait to explain how effing greedy our government can be to my customers…. 

    It’s already hard enough dealing with people complaining that there is more fees in levies than the actual cost of the product.

  • Jakeb

     How is this justified? I can use earphones to listen to pirated music. Should earphones get a special tax, too? I could be drinking water while listening to pirated music. Should water be taxed?

  • bri

     this is completely ridiculous. Our Canadian government is constantly inventing new ways to get into my pocket. Our taxes and fees are out of hand. I work more then half the year just to pay taxes! enough already!

  • Dennis Lemckert

    They’ve tried the same here in the Netherlands. Formally the tax was ‘implemented’, but set to EUR0,=
    Later on, it was abandoned because not implementable.

  • Jostein Roalkvam

    This is probably the stupidest thing I have read today. As if I’m ever going to pay a special tax to the government when buying CF or SD cards.

  • Jostein Roalkvam

    double post..