Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Great Canadian CD Levy Inrease - 2008

I was interviewed today at some length by the Calgary radio station AM 770 CHQR about the levy increase. Hear it here at about 07:30 minutes into the segment. Go to December 10, 2008 at 8:00 PM local Calgary time.

Hopefully, Calgary's most currently famous politician, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, was listening. Or will be.

To paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare, "What's in a name? That which we call a tax by any other name would smell as sweet." Or otherwise. Everyone except the courts calls this levy a tax.

It's future is uncertain. Blank CD sales are declining as the format becomes obsolete. Ironically, this levy increase may hasten the decline of this medium in Canada. The music industry is seriously divided over the future of their own ill conceived creation.


1 comment:

  1. Obsolete? Have you looked in a music store altely? have you looked on software counters? CD's are a long way from being obsolete. They may not hold as much as a DVD but when did you last buy a music album on a DVD? Or a less than huge huge software package?