In a press release entitled "Harper Government
Says No to Fees on Memory Cards", Minister of Industry
Christian Paradis announced the government's plans to exclude
microSD cards from the application of a levy under Canada's
private copying regime.
In the press release and in his announcement this afternoon at
an Ottawa Future Shop store, Minister Paradis stated:
"Our government worked hard to
strike the right balance in the Copyright Modernization
Act, which ensures world-leading consumer and user rights
while giving creators the tools to protect their work and grow
their businesses. [...] An additional fee on removable memory cards
is not only unwarranted but unfair to Canadian consumers."
The Copyright Modernization Act received
Royal Assent on June 29, 2012. It has not yet entered into force.
Regulations to exclude microSD cards from the levy are expected
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