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Canada’s iPod tax

Have you heard the news? Canada, possibly the most taxed country in the Western hemisphere, is now taxing iPods (and Rios and other MP3 players). Why? Because the tax revenue will go to support the music industry that is being ravaged by P2P networks and illegal copying, just like what the extra levy on blank CDRs and cassettes is used for. The irony of it all is that technically, it is considered legal in Canada to download songs off of Kazaa but illegal to upload to it according to Canada deems P2P downloading legal. The music industry wanted to include hard drives but the courts said that they would “side with consumers for now.” Thanks judge!