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Appeals court rules MP3 players now exempt from private copying regime

News | 12/22/2004 5:00 am EST

The Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed the Copyright Board of Canada’s controversial year-old private copying decision with respect to zero-rating and its constitutionality (CNM, Dec. 19/03). However, the court has reversed the board’s decision on the matter of levies on non-removable memory. The decision has led to widespread discussion about the legal status of music downloading. Some state that a ruling by Konrad Von Finckenstein last April that downloading is protected under the private copying regime is now no longer valid.

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