The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Recent moves by Bell Canada, Telus and Yahoo Canada to offer retail music downloads come at an interesting period in the evolution of such services in Canada.  This coming September, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is set to face off against the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) in what CMRRA president David Basskin says is likely to be "one of the most interesting hearings in years." CMRRA and its Quebec affiliate SODRAC want the Copyright Board of Canada to grant them the ability to collect a tariff for every paid music download in Canada – either 15 per cent of the revenue resulting from music download sales or $0.10 per track, whichever is greater. For its part, CRIA argues that the nascent online music market, already hard-hit by file-sharing, will meet an early demise if too many tariffs are applied – after all, more tariffs mean higher costs, which are inevitably passed along to consumers.  Basskin finds CRIA’s take on the proposed tariff strange, considering CRIA represents a group of copyright holders: the record companies. "It’s easy to understand the opposition of companies like Apple," he says. "It’s less easy to understand why a fellow supplier of rights would take this position." Record companies hold the right to reproduce their sound recordings in whatever format, but the CMRRA holds the right to reproduce the song itself. "They are parallel rights," Basskin says. CRIA might find Bell and Telus willing allies in its quest to broaden the appeal of paid music downloads, while at the same time minimizing payout to other rights agencies. But all parties should work cooperatively – and perhaps put aside monetary gain in the short-term – to ensure that paid downloads meet with approval from price-sensitive consumers.