Illegally collected levies should promote interests of music fans, not manufacturers and importers

One battle over levies collected by the legacy recording industry ended on Thursday July 28 when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear any further arguments on the matter. The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) can no longer levy iPod and other MP3 devices, and the $4M collected by this levy will be returned to the manufacturers and importers.

The CPCC argued that since the new technology opened yet another avenue to make illegal copies of songs, a levy should be collected on behalf of music creators. Studies independent of the recording industry have suggests that non-commercial peer-to-peer sharing of music is not harmful to musicians, but also that it provides an inexpensive marketing opportunity.

"This money was collected from music fans by charging more for these devices. The money should be given to a project to encourage musicians to make their music non-commercially shareable by peer-to-peer, and to be able to be portable to any device", suggested Russell McOrmond of . "The easiest way to do this is to offer additional funding to musicians who agree to license their music, as a minimum, under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license from Creative Commons Canada".

On their Share Samplers, Fading Ways musicians said it "makes it legal for you, the music fan, to freely copy, upload, download and otherwise share our artists' music online or with your friends without fear of legal repercussions, as long as credit is given and the usage is non-commercial - meaning, no one else apart from the artist is making money off their songs."

"The CPCC doesn't represent musicians, it represents an outdated business model that tries to collect money from all possible uses", continued Mr. McOrmond. "In order to end the war between the recording industry and music fans, musicians must move beyond increasing levies and lawsuits, and instead offer their music under modern licensing".

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Russell McOrmond, FLORA Community Consulting

Contact Fading Ways Music PR Astrid Bin at For more information on Fading Ways Music's licensing:

Creative Commons Canada