CMCC Members Clean Up at Much Music Video Awards

CMCC Members Clean Up at Much Music Video Awards: Sam Roberts, Avril Lavigne and Billy Talent further proof that musicians can succeed without supporting lawsuits

For Immediate Release: Montreal, June 21, 2007

More than one third of the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs) handed out in Toronto June 17th went to members of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition.

Six of the seventeen MMVAs went to CMCC members including Billy Talent (who won awards for Best Video and Muchloud Best Rock Video for Fallen Leaves and People's Choice award for Favourite Canadian Group), Avril Lavigne (who won Best International Video by a Canadian; and the People's Choice award for Favourite Canadian Artist) and Sam Roberts (whose post-production team went home with the Best Post-Production MMVA for Bridge to Nowhere).

"It just shows that some of Canada's most popular and most successful artists believe there are better ways of managing the music business than suing music fans," said Broken Social Scene Member and CMCC Co-founder Brendan Canning. "The government is reportedly working on changing Canada's copyright law. We hope they get the message."

For comment from the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, please contact Brendan Canning via CMCC Communications (514) 867-8337. More information about the CMCC is available at

About the Canadian Music Creators Coalition

The CMCC is a coalition of nearly 200 Canadian acts who share the common goal of having our voices heard about the laws and policies that affect our livelihoods. Our membership rolls boast dozens of household names including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Broken Social Scene, Matthew Good, Metric, Randy Bachman, Billy Talent, Sloan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), The New Pornographers, Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Ronnie King (The Stampeders), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Three Days Grace, Andrew Cash and Sam Roberts. We are the people who actually create Canadian music. Without us, there would be no music for copyright laws to protect.

Until recently, a group of multinational record labels has done most of the talking about what Canadian artists need out of copyright and cultural policy. The labels' legislative proposals facilitate lawsuits against fans and increase the labels' control over the enjoyment of music. These proposals have the labels' interests at heart – not artists' interests, not fans' interests, and certainly not Canada's interests. The CMCC grew out of our common desire to speak out in Canadian copyright and cultural policy debates. The CMCC is united under three key principles:

Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical
Artists do not want to sue music fans. The labels have been suing our fans against artists' will, and laws enabling these suits cannot be justified in artists' names.

Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive
Artists do not support using digital locks to increase the labels' control over the distribution, use and enjoyment of music or laws that prohibit circumvention of such technological measures. Consumers should be able to transfer the music they buy to other formats under a right of fair use, without having to pay twice.

Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists
The vast majority of new Canadian music is not promoted by major labels, which focus mostly on foreign artists. The government should use other policy tools to support actual Canadian artists and a thriving musical and cultural scene.

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