Canadians (and even their neighbors to the south) can breathe a sigh of relief as the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal quashed a proposed levy on digital music players late last week. The proposed levies weren't cheap: CAN$5 on each Memory Stick or SD card between 1GB and 4GB of memory, and "digital audio recorder" levies which top out at CAN$75 for players with 30GB+ of space.
In its ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal found that "the Copyright Board erred in law when it concluded that it has the legal authority to certify the tariff that the Canadian Private Copyright Collective has proposed for 2008 and 2009 on digital audio recorders." The ruling echoes a similar finding in 2004, which also quashed an attempt to put levies on "digital audio recorders."
"Maybe NOW we'll be able to finally put an end to the RIAA-induced nonsense? NAAAH!!"