OTTAWA, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomes today's
decision by the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA), which stated that iPods,
cellular phones and computers should not be taxed. RCC has fought long and
hard to ensure that technology not be subject to the levy on blank recordings.
The FCA held hearings on January 9, 2008, on whether the Copyright Board
had erred in its July 19, 2007, decision to allow for the imposition of levies
on digital audio recorders.
In its decision, the FCA stated: "The Copyright Board erred in law when
it concluded that it has the legal authority to certify the tariff that CPCC
has proposed for 2008-2009 on digital audio recorders."
"On behalf of retailers and consumers, RCC welcomes this decision," said
Diane J. Brisebois, President, Retail Council of Canada. "This has been a very
long battle, but a necessary one. Retailers have fought against these levies
since their creation in 1997 because it taxes a product based on what a
consumer possibly could use it for."
In a North American market, where this tax would only affect Canadian
sales, retailers have also adamantly argued that it creates a non-competitive
"There is no doubt that the rapidity in which the decision was rendered
demonstrates the strength of that decision by the courts. We certainly hope
that this decision will bring this issue to a close once and for all," added
Founded in 1963, Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the
voice of retail. It is a not-for-profit association whose more than 40,000
storefronts consist of all retail formats, including national and regional
department stores, mass merchants, specialty chains, independent stores and
online merchants. Collectively, Retail Council of Canada's members account for
more than two-thirds of Canada's total general-merchandise retail sales.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact: Kim Furlong, Vice President,
Federal Government Relations, Retail Council of Canada, (613) 751-4442