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[d@DCC] I want Cabinet to stand up for Canada, not "broadcasting"

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: news (at) hilltimes.com
Cc: "McGuinty, David - M.P." <McGuinty.D -_at_- parl.gc.ca>, General Copyright Discussions <discuss -_at_- list.digital-copyright.ca>, pm -_at_- pm.gc.ca, "Hon. David Emerson - Minister of Industry" <Emerson.D -_at_- parl.gc.ca>, "Hon. Liza Frulla - Minister of Canadian Heritage" <Frulla.L -_at_- parl.gc.ca>, "Alcock, Reg - M.P." <Alcock.R -_at_- parl.gc.ca>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 22:14:53 -0400 (EDT)

   ACTRA, CIRPA, SOCAN and the "Friends of Canadian Broadcasting" have 
taken out a full page advertisement in the September 5 issue of the Hill 
Times promoting government intervention into a recent CRTC decision on 
satellite radio.

   I was pleased that the CRTC decision recognized that subscription 
satellite radio is not the same as broadcast radio.  I support a full 
spectrum of production, distribution and funding models for creativity, 
and believe that the greatest threat to Canadian creativity comes from 
those who wish to impose past models onto all creativity.

   I support Canadian Content (CANCON)  rules where an intermediary can 
limit the choices of Canadians, such as traditional broadcast radio. 
This is a highly concentrated market where play-lists are decided by a DJ, 
the station, or increasingly the owners of a network of stations.

   A market where CANCON rules shouldn't be needed is retail. While 
dedicated music retail stores stock far more titles than high-volume 
stores such as Walmart, the reality is that the vast majority of recorded 
music is not available at any price.  The extremely limited stock with 
Walmart suggests that CANCON rules should be applied to that market.

   XM radio provides more choice to Canadians than many of the retail 
options, which is why true independent musicians are excited about this 
option. As a subscription service XM radio should be less regulated than 
broadcast radio.

   Those who paid for the poll and advertisement are not protecting 
Canadian culture.  These are primarily the same organization lobbying for 
ratification of the 1996 WIPO treaties, now Bill C-60, which promotes the 
US industry interests who are the primary authors and beneficiaries of the 
treaties.  Ratification of the 1996 WIPO treaties will have a greater 
harmful impact on Canadian music than if we abolished CANCON rules 
entirely.  This is before the possibility we may see something worse than 
C-60 based on the lobbying from US/EU major label controlled CRIA.


Links:

Kill Bill C-60, the primarily US-interest authored copyright bill.
http://KillBillC60.ca

Petition for Users' Rights (and thus follow-on creators' rights)
http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/

Canadian Independent Recording Artists Association
http://www.ciraa.ca/

Independents Support Satellite Radio
http://www.indiepool.com/main/csr/

Canada Music Commons.
http://www.canadamusiccommons.net/

-- 
  Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
  2111+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording,
  Motion Picture and "software manufacturing" industries from change...
  http://KillBillC60.ca    Sign--> http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/
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