BILLY BRAGG IN CANADIAN PARLIAMENT
legendary musician and Clash fan Billy Bragg recently appeared before the Canadian Parliament to talk about the file sharing problem.
The singer and the Canadian New Democratic Party is calling on the government to let artists find a way to make music file swapping a legitimate part of promotion and sales. He is hoping to see new ways to compensate performers while protecting downloaders. One of the options proposed was to impose a levy on MP3 players similarly to how the Canadian government taxes blank CD purchases.
Though that levy is ostensibly to compensate for downloading, the tax is imposed on everyone, even those who do not download music illegally.