Supreme Court of Canada refuses copyright levy on MP3 players

The SCC yesterday refused to hear an appeal of the private copying decision case. This means that the private copying levy that was for a while charged on MP3 players is no longer applicable.

While this saves Canadians from paying that levy on MP3 players, it also puts into question the legality of copying music on to them. One of the reasons private copying of music in Canada is felt to be legal is the copyright tariff that is part of the private copying regime under the Copyright Act.

A couple of blog postings worth reading are Michael Geists discussion of the ramifications, and Techdirt's thoughts on the music industry's reaction.

Read Michael Geist's post

Read the Techdirt post