Mix: AAPL, Canada, Jacuzzi, EMI, Unlock

Mix: AAPL, Canada, Jacuzzi, EMI, Unlock:

The Copyright Board of Canada has approved a new tax on music downloads from iTunes and other online retailers. Retroactive to 1996, the tax means Apple will have to pay 3.1 cents for each music file they sell, or 1.5 cents per track for complete albums, to SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada).

The whole idea of a retro-active tax seems particularly wrong. Not only can the government charge you a tax on things you’re doing, but they can charge you for things you’d done in the past?