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Business News (more headlines) 11-11-2012

CPCC Says Regulation Denying Compensation For Private Copying On MicroSD Memory Cards Harms Music Creators

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The regulation published yesterday in the Canada Gazette which denies compensation to creators for music copied onto microSD memory cards will hurt Canada's songwriters, recording artists and other rights holders, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says.

"Not only is this an unprecedented end-run around the fair and independent Copyright Board process which was established to deal with these kinds of issues in the first place, but to hand down a regulation like this with no consultation period adds insult to injury," said the CPCC Chair Lyette Bouchard. "By not following the well-established practice of providing stakeholders an opportunity to provide their input on proposed regulations, the government has denied creators an opportunity to participate in a decision that will have an impact on their livelihoods."

The regulation excludes microSD memory cards as a type of blank audio recording media to which the private copying levy could be applied, despite their growing popularity among Canadians for making private copies of music.

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