Canadian Music Creators Coalition Once Again Congratulates Industry on Unparalleled Growth in Electronic Music Sales

Media Advisory – Canadian Music Creators Coalition Once Again Congratulates Industry on Unparalleled Growth in Electronic Music Sales

Another year, another opportunity for Canadian electronic music sales to outpace US markets

Montreal, January 9, 2008

Nielsen BDS numbers released January 4th show that the growth of Canada's digital download market once again outpaced the US in 2007. "This is great news," exclaimed Canadian Music Creators Coalition spokesman Steven Page. "In fact, it is exactly the kind of news that we hope the government will consider when they work to rewrite Canada's copyright legislation later this year."

According to Nielsen, Canadian sales of digital tracks in Canada increased 73%, well ahead of the 45% growth rate posted in the US. Digital album sales are up 93% in Canada while in the US they are up only 53%.

Major label representatives have consistently said that the only way the industry can survive is by making it easier to sue music downloaders and by providing legal protection to so-called "digital locks." The member artists of the CMCC -- the very artists copyright laws are designed to protect -- aren't convinced.

"We hope that Industry Minister Jim Prentice and his colleagues read the numbers," continued Page. "If the government is going to change the Copyright Act they should do so in a way that recognizes that this is not 1992. The music market has changed in Canada and around the world. Changes to Canada's copyright laws should reflect where our music business is going rather than looking back to where it has come from. Propping up old business models that favour multinational record companies' interests ahead of those of Canadian artists just doesn't make sense."

For comment from the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, please contact Steven Page via CMCC Communications (514) 867-8337.

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), Billy Talent, 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. Record companies and music publishers are not our enemies, but let's be clear: lobbyists for major labels are looking out for their shareholders, and seldom speak for Canadian artists. Legislative proposals that would facilitate lawsuits against our fans or increase the labels' control over the enjoyment of music are made not in our names, but on behalf of the labels' foreign parent companies.

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.

More information about the CMCC (including a more detailed policy statement) is available at www.musiccreators.ca.