Letter Regarding Proposed Audio Tariffs In Canada
From: Christopher Rath <
Sent: 10 May, 2002 20:58
To: Claude Majeau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: re: Statement of Proposed Levies to be Collected by CPCC…
Regarding, Supplement Canada Gazette, Part I March 9, 2002, Copyright Board, “Statement of Proposed Levies to be Collected by CPCC for the Sale, in Canada, of Blank Audio Recording Media for the Years 2003 and 2004”.
This email constitutes my formal objection to the proposed statement filed by CPCC. I do not intend to actively participate in the process leading to the certification of the tariff; rather, I am filing a “letter of comment”.
I am most offended by the CPCC’s statements on page 5 of the PDF version of the Statement which reads,
(1) The Board must certify a tariff and set a levy… No purpose is served by asking the Board to reject the tariff as a whole.
I believe that the CPCC has a moral responsibility to the Canadian People to agree to hear and consider objections from Canadians. To state that there is no purpose to be served in Canadians protesting when an injustice is being done is rather disingenuous.
Section 80 of the Copyright Act specifically states that,
“…the act of reproducing all or any substantial part of … a sound recording … onto an audio recording medium for the private use of the person who makes the copy does not constitute an infringement of the copyright in the musical work, the performer's performance or the sound recording.” (emphasis added)
It is repugnant to me that the Copyright Act should both grant explicit permission for private copying of material, and then levy a tariff on such explicitly granted activity. The copyright holder, artist, et al all receive their due remuneration when I purchase the original audio materials. That I make a copy of that audio material under the auspices of Section 80 in no way entitles those parties to further payment. Either the Copyright Act has provides for private copying as fair use, or it doesn’t; if it doesn’t then further payment is necessary, if private copying is allowed, then no payment is justified.
My objection to the proposed tariffs are twofold:
If the CPCC believes that its hands are tied and that it has no alternative than to levy some tariff, then it should levy a token tariff: something that fulfills the letter of the law while upholding the fundamental principles that the Copyright Act was originally created for. By a token tariff, I mean something on the order of 1/10 of a cent per gigabyte of storage—this fulfills the letter of the law and yet demonstrates clearly to the lobbyists that the Canadian Government has put the best interests of Canadian’s in front of the interests of a few large media moguls.
cc. Hon. E. Bellemare
Minister of Industry