How much data do you consume every month? And I’m not just talking about your phone. I mean ALL data including the bandwidth used by your TV, your cable box, and your streaming subscriptions. You probably don’t even think about it, right?
Maybe you’re on a monthly plan that offers 100GB, 250GB or more. And we need it, what with binge-watching shows on Netflix and other sources. How much data does your music streaming service eat up each month? Video in data-hungry 4K is becoming more common. And let’s not even talk about downloading and playing online games. What did your last video game download weigh? Maybe around 50GB.
Well, prepare yourself.
The Screen Composers Guild of Canada spoke to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and proposed a new levy. They want all data consumption above 15GB (that’s 1-5 gigabytes) to be taxed. They want a levy that would be distributed to copyright holders.”
In their brief, they say that 15GB allows “ample room for email, commerce and downloading.” Everything above that would be subject to a levy.
The group says that music composers aren’t being fairly compensated because streaming and downloading has eroded the consumption of regular broadcasting. This levy would help with the shortfall. YouTube is singled out, along with Amazon and Netflix.
With regard to YouTube, which is owned by the advertising company Alphabet-Google, minuscule revenue distribution is being reported by our members. Royalties from the large streaming services, like Amazon and Netflix, are 50 to 95% lower when compared to those from terrestrial broadcasters.
Digital Music News goes deeper into the situation. Could it be that the SCGC is demanding more money because they’ve failed to adapt to the times?