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Canada Won't Charge Copyright Fees on Memory Drives

July 03, 2012

Canada will exempt certain memory cards from a levy charged to consumers to compensate copyright holders, Industry Minister Christian Paradis said, denying an industry group’s request.

The federal government won’t impose levies on microSD memory cards, which are removable devices that can be used to store music on mobile phones, Paradis said today in an e-mailed statement.

“Placing a new fee on devices with removable memory cards, such as BlackBerrys and smart phones, would increase costs for Canadian families and impact the adoption of the latest technologies,” Paradis said in the statement.

Canadian consumers pay a levy on blank audio recording media such as compact discs, and the money is distributed to music rights holders.

The Canadian Private Copying Collective, an industry organization that collects the fee and distributes it to rights holders, had proposed that the levy be extended to microSD memory drives.

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