Reports today suggest Japan is considering applying a levy to iPods and other content recording and storage devices "to compensate musicians and other copyright owners."
The levy being discussed sounds relatively small -- several dollars on top of the price of the gadget in question. Somewhat predictably, gadget makers are resisting this scheme.
When I bought my iPod, I'm not sure I would have even noticed a few extra dollars on the bill. I'd be interested to know if anyone can reasonably predict fewer Japanese consumers would buy digital media devices as a result of such a levy. If the market can bear the cost, and creators are fairly compensated for their excellent work, then pretty much all that's left are the objections of the manufacturers, whose profits would be unaffected.
Thanks to Kristian over at Carfac Ontario for the heads up on this.
(cross-posted to pwac.ca)