Oh, boo eF'n hooOh, boo eF'n hoo

For some reason (obviously misplaced), I had thought Canadians perhaps above the silliness being exhibited by the CPCC.

It has been pursuing a tax on microSD cards, purportedly to compensate musicians for what they feel is utter contempt everyone using microSD cards obviously has for those creating original content. According to David Basskin (CPCC director and president of the CMRRA) “It's an extremely dark day for those who create music in this country.” Er, why should I pay someone who had absolutely nothing to do with the content I put on my microSD card? Even the content which they did have something to do with (music CDs - yes, I still prefer buying CDs to participating in what is pretty clearly a racket at iTunes), I've already paid the content creator. Now you want me to pay them again? (Hmmm... there's a business idea in there for nearly everyone that is in the business of adding value to nearly anything.) And, how/where would I apply to be compensated for the content I create (pictures, video, yes, even music - well, to my ears, anyway) and keep on my microSD card?

Dear Honourable Mr. Paradis,
I'm a web developer. As you can clearly see, web browsers add value to the sites I create. Could you please tax web browser developers because I chose a career in which it is historically difficult to generate revenue and because I can't figure out a reasonable business process that allows me to feed and clothe myself? Thank-you-very-much.

PS: That other web developers seem to be able to feed and clothe themselves - extremely well, in some cases - is beside the point. Really.

Fortunately, while my faith in our judicial and regulatory processes has been slipping of late, the Minister of Industry (Christian Paradis) has exempted microSD cards of applications for this type of silly money-grab. Basskin responded “What you have here is interference with the judicial process.” Could someone please provide a - any - connection between an attempt to compensate those who can't figure out a business model that works and "Interference with the judicial process?" Fortunately, Paradis sees this for what it is and countered with a rational response to a patently irrational argument; he said such a levy "is not only unwarranted but unfair to Canadian consumers." Though I tend to disagree with nearly anything puked up by the Harper administration, my response is: Damn straight, bubba!