Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Apple Refunds What Shouldn'tve Been Charged In The 1st Place

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CBC in Canada reports:

Apple to give levy back to iPod owners

Mon, 08 Aug 2005

Music lovers who paid extra for their iPods because of a levy will soon be able to get their money back, Apple Canada announced Monday.

"Apple is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada let stand a lower court ruling that blank media levies on iPods are invalid, and will shortly announce a claims process so consumers can request a refund for the levies they paid," Apple said in a press release.


This tax never should have been charged in the first place. It was specifically targetted at the iPod and an unfair tax. The iPod is not a luxury item. Many that justified this tax - compared it to the luxury tax on automoblies.

What about people like me that rarely listen to music on their iPod? I use it (almost) solely as a small bootable firewire hard drive for technical purposes. Why should I have been made to pay a "music tax" for something I don't use for music? Also, I would consider every laptop to be just the same - why were laptops excluded? My guess: someone who doesn't like Apple in Canada had a lobby friend in the Canadian government.

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1 comment:

Fred said...

Granted the levy should have never been in place, but I don't think you understand the history.
The same levy ha been in place for years at the request of the Canadian recording industry for all types of recording media beginning with audio tapes. With the advent of CD the levy was extended to cover new media types, and of course the iPod and others. This same levy was the reason that the Supreme court ruled some time ago that it wasn't illegal to download music, only to upload, as the tax was levied with the assumption that the user was pirating music and the tax would be forwarded to the artists.
Anyways, starts with tapes, continues until the implications were too great, and was eventually cancelled.