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Canada facing reinstated levy on digital audio players

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It looks like Canada's neverending adventures in MP3 player levies has now turned another corner, with the Copyright Board of Canada recently releasing its decision on a series of motions that the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) had been advocating for. Those proposals had been challenged by the Canadian Storage Media Alliance and the Retail Council of Canada but, according to lawyer/blogger Michael Geist, the Copyright Board appears to have clearly sided with the CPCC. What's more, the Copyright Board seems to be saying that the levy could not only be slapped on what they define as "digital audio recorders," but cellphones, computers, and other devices as well. Needless to say, the ruling will likely be appealed, so it doesn't seem like you have to worry about dropping a few extra loonies on your next iPod just yet.

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