updated 07:40 pm EST, Wed March 13, 2002
A Wired article entitled "Tariff on Blank CDs? Blame Canada" brings to light a proposed bill that would issue a tax on blank CD-R/Ws ($.59 per disk), memory cards ($.08 per megabyte) and blank DVDs ($2.27 per disk). Also affected by the possible tax are manufacturers of MP3 players, who would be paying $21 for each gigabyte of memory available on the device. An anti-proposal site shows a comparision of what the media costs now to what it will cost if the proposal passes -- which is doubtful according to legal experts.