Japan proposes ‘iPod tax’

  • Tokyo (Japan) – The Japanese government has proposed a new tax on iPods and other digital music players.  The so-called Copyright Tax would add approximately $1 per device and the estimated $9.5 million annual proceeds would be distributed to recording companies and artists.  In Japan, Minidisk and DVD players are also subject to a Copyright tax and it seems the law makers are just trying to level the playing field.

    A similar proposal was floated in Japan in December 2005, but was quickly shot down.