Huge Royalties proposed for Canadian music downloads
Professor Geist reports in his Toronto Star column that SOCAN recently filed with the Copyright Board of Canada requests for new tariffs on the downloading of music from legitimate paid sites, audio webcast sites, and gaming sites that include music. Professor Geist describes the size of the proposed tariffs - as much as 25% - as "astonishing". The hearings to consider these proposals will no doubt generate much opposition.
This is just another in a series of tactics the music industry has used to obtain revenue from new types of digital music distribution. While artists deserve to be compensated, the industry does not gain any sympathy when it makes these unreasonable proposals.