The Copyright Board has issued an interim private copying tariff on blank CDs for the years 2012 and 2013. The interim tariff allows the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) to continue collecting private copying levies on CDs at the current rate of 29 cents per disc until the Copyright Board certifies a final tariff, the CPCC said in a release Monday. The CPCC, a copyright collective responsible for collecting and distributing private copying levies, said it has not requested an increase to the levy for 2012-2013. “The private copying levy is an important source of revenue for music rights holders and the interim tariff ensures that they continue to receive this compensation until the Copyright Board certifies the final tariff for 2012-2013,” Lyette Bouchard, chair of the CPCC, said in a statement. The Copyright Board will hear arguments for the 2012-2013 tariff starting Oct. 9, 2012. The CPCC has also filed an application with the Copyright Board for a private copying levy on microSD memory cards for the years 2012 and 2013. “Research shows that as with the previous shift from cassette tapes to CD-Rs, technology is changing and Canadians are now using microSD memory cards to copy music,” the CPCC said in a release. A Copyright Board-certified tariff on microSD memory cards would be effective Jan. 1, 2012 for all microSD memory cards sold in Canada by manufacturers and importers, the CPCC said.