Canada to table copyright bill this spring

Forthcoming legislation set to modernise the country's copyright laws.

The legislative reforms are likely to have an impact on various issues, from the music played on iPods to how artists pay their bills, the National Post has reported.

Currently, Canadians pay a levy on blank CDs and tapes. The money generated is used to pay artists for their work. A bill tabled by New Democrat MP Charlie Angus would expand the levy to next-generation devices such as the iPod.

Heritage Minister James Moore, however, has said the government will not relent to opposition's pressure to update the private-copy levy provisions in the act to extend to MP3 players such as iPods and other digital devices.

This week, the opposition parties got together to pass a motion asking the government to make the legislative changes.