TORONTO, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) commends
the federal government for its decision to exempt microSD cards -- very
small, removable memory cards used in countless electronic devices --
from the Copyright Act.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced today that the federal
government intends to introduce targeted regulations that will
explicitly exclude microSD memory cards from the definition of an
"audio recording medium" in the Copyright Act.
"Minister Paradis' decision will avoid a new and illogical "tax" on
electronic memory cards used in a wide range of electronic equipment,
will save Canadians money and help keep retail prices more competitive
in Canada," said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, RCC. "Imagine
buying a digital camera only to discover that you are paying an extra
hidden "tax" targeted at downloading and playing music. This is what
the government has very wisely avoided."
In 2011, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) asked the
Copyright Board to impose a tariff in the form of a "levy" on
electronic memory cards. The intention was to collect levies on "the
sale of blank audio recording media." However, microSD cards are
overwhelmingly used in countless other devices that have nothing to do
with music, such as digital cameras, video recorders, GPS devices and
industrial barcode scanners.
"We thank the federal government for protecting Canadians from an
unreasonable tariff imposed on these cards," said Brisebois. "This
action is consistent with the government's approach to the digital
economy and will protect consumers from paying a ridiculous tax."
Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit
association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail
formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional
and national specialty chains, and online merchants.
SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
For further information:
VP Communications and Marketing, RCC
416 922-0553 ext. 228
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