Swedish government goes crazy!
Reply #65 – 2003-10-07 19:03:46
And, as seanyseansean suggested, does this make music "piracy" legal, because you've paid for it? That's the way is works in Canada, if I recall a Slashdot story correctly. here in canada it's not that bad yet. the recording industry here is trying to do the same thing, and its been on the agenda for quite some time. they are already collecting levy off recordable media, and now they wanna hike that as well as tax portable mp3 players and hard drives. i read and watched on TV that it's highly unlikely the new lobby fees they want will be approved, mainly because some hardware companies threatened to stop selling their products in canada because the proposed levy is quite obscene >>>'Also, the only record company using CD copy protection in Australia is EMI. All other companies' CDs are free of copy protection.'<<< the same thing here in canada. EMI and whatever small labels they own are the only ones i've seen nowadays using copy protection on their entire catalogue. EMI canada is trying to have it all -- collect a shitload of money from taxes on recordable media as well copy protect all of their releases and prevent customers from making legal copies for personal use. this is madness. they can't have it both ways and the canadian government must step in and protect the consumers who are being ripped off. the record labels are losing money and customers because of lack of innovation and a shitty economic situation, not piracy