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Canada to raise iPod prices?

According to the Toronto Star, the Canadian Copyright Board may approve a 20% levy on electronic media tomorrow, including MP3 players and hard drives. With the Canadian Dollar rising and this on the horizon, maybe now is the right time to get that iPod.

“That 20-gigabyte MP3 player going under the Christmas tree this season could soon cost 20 per cent more if the Copyright Board approves a proposed levy tomorrow on the sale of digital music devices.

It could also mean new levies on recordable DVDs, removable flash memory and micro hard drives, as well as increased tariff rates on blank cassettes and recordable CDs, assuming a music-industry group called the Canadian Private Copying Collective, or CPCC, gets its way.”

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Comments

21

Ouch. Prohibition sucks.
I wonder how long it will take before there are “iPod Speak Easys” throughout Ontario.

Posted by derek on December 12, 2003 at 4:04 PM (CST)

22

Hey Robin, the levy isn’t charged at customs because the levy applies only to manufacturers or importers that are selling media products within Canada. Media products that are imported for personal use are not subject to the levy.

In response to “noname”, actually your description of P2P is not correct. If you are hosting a file available over P2P, your computer does not “make a copy of Song Y, and send it back.” In fact, your computer only sends the requested data, no copy is ever made by the host… Mr. X’s computer, in your example, is the one making a copy. It receives the data and writes (makes a copy) to Mr. X’s hard drive. Because Mr. X is copying the file himself for his own person use, this is permitted by the Copyright Act.

Cheers,
Brad

Posted by Brad on December 12, 2003 at 4:35 PM (CST)

23

Will just make me buy even more stuff in the USA.  Given that Apple and others in Canada have not adjusted pricing to the rise of the C$ this year, Cdn. prices on most computer accessories and electronics are already overpriced vs. the US equivalents at current exchange rates (and that’s before the excessive sales taxes).  So far this year I’ve bought an iBook, iPod, A/V Receiver, FC Express, lots of blank CDs and DVDs, etc. in the US and brought it across from Buffalo. 

This will only intensify with this kind of stupid levy.  Typical Liberal government policy - perceive a problem and throw on more tax as a “solution”.  Idiots!

By the way, all Canadians should note that anything sent to you in the mail (not courier) and marked as a “gift” with value up to $60 ($20 if not gift), comes in without any taxes or customs charges applied.  So it’s good to have friends States-side….

Posted by Andrew on December 12, 2003 at 7:11 PM (CST)

24

what happens if your ipod is gone, and insured only for 60.00 becuase its a ‘gift’ ?

Posted by clyde on December 12, 2003 at 10:51 PM (CST)

25

Perhaps I am showing my ignorance, but I will take that levy, which, I imagine, to fund other things, like health care, over what we have in the States.  I guess since I grew up in Europe, and was nickled and dimed to death, but appreciated it when I had to go to hospital, and need a little dole.  In the US, most Americans would kill for some for of socialized health care, even if they would not admit this.

Posted by cashaww on December 14, 2003 at 9:26 PM (CST)

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