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MP3 player levy struck down, but thorny copying issues remain

News | 08/18/2005 4:00 am EDT

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld an earlier ruling that quashed the levies charged on digital music players sold in Canada (CNM Update, Aug. 2/05). Further confusing the matter is that two organizations representing the copyrighted music industry have vastly different reactions: in a media release, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) – a coalition of songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies – expressed disappointment at the ruling, while the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) – a firm representing the producers of 95% of the music sold in Canada, and itself a CPCC member – called the decision a positive step.

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