[d@DCC] Globe editorial: A copyright levy on the MP3 player
darryl at mfe.ca
Mon Aug 15 08:20:21 EDT 2005
Today's Globe editorial: A copyright levy on the MP3 player
The following was sent to the Globe and Mail this morning in response.
Your editorial's conclusion that, MP3 players should be subject to the
same levy as CDs and cassettes is erroneous. Nobody wants these levies
anymore. Not even the CRIA who had pushed so strongly for them in the past.
What is truly needed is the total scrapping of the levies and a concept
of 'fair use' incorporated into the copyright act.
When I buy a CD, movie, software, or any other copyrighted material, I
should have the right to do what ever I want with it short of
redistributing it on anything other than the original medium I
purchased. The idea (as the CRIA would like and your editorial
implicitly supports) that I might be breaking any laws by 'ripping' my
music from CD to MP3 player I find highly offensive and an affront to my
private property rights.
Unfortunately we seem to be forgetting about these troublesome private
property rights in our quest to protect Intellectual Monopoly rights.
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