The Copyright Board of Canada is recommending that the government add a tax on any digital music player or removable memory cards, the money supposedly used to compensate musicians for all the music being copied to this media.
Of course, the assumption underlying this proposal is that every one of those copies was stolen, that their owners are crooks.
But why stop there? Blank CDs are used to make copies. The external hard drive I bought is primarily to back up my media collection. The computer itself holds the software that does the ripping.
How about the USB cables over which all the bits travel?
The RIAA must love the thought of importing this mess to the US.