Canada Industry Groups Challenge Copyright Ruling

Law360, New York (January 14, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Canadian industry groups representing retailers, electronics makers and recording companies filed separate court appeals this week to reverse a Copyright Board decision that imposed a piracy levy on digital audio recorders.

Retailers including Wal-Mart Canada, Staples Business Depot and Future Shop Ltd., have asked a federal court of appeal to declare "unconstitutional and invalid" the section of the Copyright Act that first created the levy, which has been applied to blank recording media such as cassettes and recordable CDs for several years.

They argue that the...
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