Thursday, November 25, 2010

James Moore hearts the iPod tax

The Conservatives have been saying things like this in the House of Commons for quite a while now:
James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages: Mr. Speaker, our bill is fair and responsible and it reflects consultations that were held across Canada.

Our copyright legislation, Bill C-32, is now before a legislative committee to consider how Canada could best move forward.

We have put forward our proposals. The only thing we have heard from the opposition side, the only proposal it has come up with to help consumers and protect the creative communities, is to impose a massive new tax on consumers on iPods, cellphones and BlackBerrys. We reject that. It is bad for consumers. It is bad for the creative community to make it more expensive for Canadians to consume the creative community's creations. We are opposed to an iPod tax. We stand with consumers.
Oh, really? That's from yesterday in the House of Commons. Sounds definitive. You can go through Hansard and find lots of similar recent statements from the Conservatives.

Turns out, however, that James Moore is actually ok with an iPod tax: "Heritage minister not opposed to MP3 levy proposals."
Heritage Minister James Moore is not opposed to discussing a levy on MP3 players, but says no group has ever come forward with a detailed proposal on how it would work.
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"I don't know how a tax on these things would be legally implemented and would work," said Moore.

"So when we did our consultations, there was a lot of noise about having some kind of a levy or a modernization of the copyright levy. But nobody has actually put pen to paper and put forward a proposal that works."
So he doesn't reject it at all. He has just been opposed to it in the interim until someone finds a way for it to work. Shrug. In other words, typical flip flop but just preceded by plenty of hot air directed toward others.