Debunking the Song Tax

By Mike on 11:03 pm

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The Songwriters Association of Canada proposed a $5 song tax last week for all internet subscribers in order to compensate for illegal file sharing. This had mixed reviews on tech sites but this editorial in the National Post shows why such a tax would be bad for Canadians.

As the author points out, such a tax would only penalize legitimate users. It would also illegitimately award the music industry for bad business decisions and give them public money for sales they may have never made to begin with. The author also notes biased sources used for illegal P2P statistics.

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