Content industries on slippery slope with demand for blank media levy

This article is published in Canadian New Media, Volume 6, Issue 2, under "Newsmakers".

In their North American piracy study, the BSA and the Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft (CAAST) made use of invalid statistics suggesting using alternatives to their products is piracy. As I use no software from any CAAST member, I find this suggestion offensive.

The private copying levy subjects Canadian musicians to similar problems. While the private copying levy is promoted as a way to compensate artists for citizens copying works in their home, it appears more likely to be a way to further entrench traditional business models and artist dependence on the recording industry.

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