With ACTRA demanding that we start paying taxes to ACTRA for Canadian Content on the Internet.
This is beyond offensive. Not only do these nitwits fail to understand something - there is a huge amount of Canadian Content on the Internet. This blog is CanCon. I'm a Canadian, I write this blog - do the math.
If ACTRA is going to be on the receiving end of levies (as they are for recordable media - even when it is used purely for data!), I'd like to know just how they plan on funneling some of that money to me? It won't, any more than the levy on recording media funnels down the thousands of independent artists that produce below the radar of big corporate interests.
Frankly, I find ACTRA's high-handed demands are unreasonable, and offensive. Whining because I might watch a YouTube video of a program that somebody posted up there is simply stupid. Demanding that Internet users pay some kind of arbitrary levy simply for using the Internet is wrong. Dead wrong.
ACTRA, along with the recording industry, needs to come up with a new business model - and that business model cannot include picking my pocket on the assumption of what I might or might not be doing.