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[d@DCC] CBC: Musicians take their act to Parliament Hill

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 15:53:05 -0500 (EST)

Another letter to the editor....

Note: I am trying to collect related articles at 
http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/view/581
  If you know other media that has published stories about this (Including 
more links to the original CP story), or other letters to the editor, 
please post.




http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2004/11/24/Arts/musiconthehill041124.html
    "The group is also calling on Ottawa to update Canada's Copyright Act, 
    which became law in 1908."

  This quote has been used often, and is highly misleading.  It suggests
that the copyright act has not been modernized since that time, when the
fact is that it was updated as recently as the spring of 2004.

  In fact it was major changes made in 1997 because of recording industry
lobbying which created the Private Copyright regime that is what may be
harming the industry now.  This regime is what made downloading of music
from P2P networks legal in Canada, as well as creating a levy on blank
media that goes to the industry.

  It is time to get past the misinformation from the recording industry
and look into solutions that will help both musicians and their audiences.  
What Graham Henderson, head of the Canadian Recording Industry
Association, was pushing on the hill is exactly the opposite to what is
needed, and if we listen to his misinformation we will yet again update
the copyright act in ways that will be harmful to musicians and Canadian
creativity in general.

Russell McOrmond
Ottawa,Ontario, Canada
Webmaster for http://www.digital-copyright.ca/

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