Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Welcome, everyone. I'm pleased to see representatives of the collective societies. UNESCO has recognized the importance of copyright licensing. Ms. Levy, who has a pre-ordained name, Mrs. Milman and Mrs. Morin, good afternoon.
Mrs. Morin, I want to speak to you more particularly because the Bloc Québécois passed a motion in the House of Commons by a majority of members last March that was designed to update the Copyright Act. We introduced a motion of principle to modernize the Copyright Act by applying the levy for artists to digital audio devices.
Since that time, we've heard a lot of criticism. The Bloc Québécois defends the interests of artists, but I'm going to tell you about five specific criticisms made by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and his parliamentary secretary in the House of Commons. I would like you to respond to each of them.
I'm going to cite them all. If you want to note them down, you can respond to them all at once. I know that Mrs. Milman has answered me, but I would like you to answer me for the people who are around the table.
Mr. Del Mastro, you should listen, she may respond to you in English as well.
First, they always tell us that this is a tax.
Second, they say that it will cost $25 to $75. They say that when they're in a good mood. When they aren't in a good mood, they say it will cost more than $75. I could find the quotations. In addition, they say it would apply to all digital media, including telephones, computers and automobiles. They've even mentioned that.
Then they say that consumers are opposed to it and that they don't want a tax. They also tell us that consumers aren't pirates and that, consequently, should not be taxed because it's as though we consider them in advance as nasty bandits because we think they're downloading files illegally.
So those are the five arguments I hear every day in the meetings of this committee. I would like you to respond to them.