OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) commends the
federal government for following through on its commitment to exempt
microSD cards -- very small, removable memory cards used in countless
electronic devices -- from the Copyright Act.
On July 3rd, 2012, Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced the government's
intent to put in place regulations exempting microSD memory cards from
"In only four short months, Minister Paradis has delivered on his
promise to put a stop to the imposition of what would have amounted to
a new and illogical "tax" on a wide range of electronic equipment,"
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 devices that download and play music. This is what
the government has very wisely avoided."
In 2011, the Canadian Private Copying Collective 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
"We thank the federal government for acting so quickly to protect
Canadians from an unreasonable tariff imposed on these cards" said
Brisebois. "This action, which is consistent with the government's
approach to the digital economy, will save Canadians money and 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
416 574-2552 (Mobile)