Legal me, Legal you

Good news? Bad news? Who knows?

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear any more arguments regarding the application of a "Bryan Adams" tax to iPods and other digital music devices. Good. The last thing we need is the government collecting money from people who legally listen to digital music and putting it in the pockets of the already-bloated record companies. BUT ... and this is a BIG but ... the court left the whole thing up in the air with a vaguely-worded hint that the trade-off might be some sort of legal prohibition on using the devices to play anything but songs that were specifically purchased for that use. In other words, they may be thinking that the current common-sense legal precedent of "you buy it, you can listen to it however the hell you want" might need to be overturned.

This is bad. All bad. Stay tuned - the mopes on the high court promised a clarification today.

Posted: Fri - July 29, 2005 at 08:46 AM