Independent Music

Independent music, including unsigned musicians, musicians with independent labels, and those independent labels.

Organizations: Canadian Independent Recording Artists' Association (CIRAA), Canada music commons, Musical Artists' Global Independence Collaborative - MAGIC, Canadian Independent Record Production Association (Note: CIRPA does not appear very modern in their thinking)

Differentiating allies and opponents in the Copyright debate

Copyright is often claimed to be a balance between rights-holders’ interests on the one hand and the interests of users and society as a whole on the other hand. I only wish things were that simple. I could take my place alongside other rights-holders, and know that copyright law would at least be taking the interests of creators into serious consideration.

The problem is that the reality is quite different. With digital copyright you have potentially 4 rights-holder groups. Even if you only consider the interests of copyright holders, the vast majority of the debates I have witnessed have been between and within copyright holder groups, not between copyright holders and some other individual or group.

Just as with previous bills, the tabling of Bill C-32 will bring new people to the debate. Reading how I evaluate my allies and opponents may be useful as a kick-start for those people.

Read full article on IT World Canada's blog

Copyright Consultation: the tail trying to wag the dog.

In yesterday's article, as well as my submission to the consultation, I suggested that the recording industry is like the tail trying to wag the dog in the copyright consultation. The recording industry represents one of three copyright holding groups in a larger music industry made up of composers, performers, and "makers" of sound recordings. While this group dominated the music industry in the past, modern technology will inevitably cause a restructuring of the music industry such that they will be the smallest of the three.

Contrary to recording industry claims, it is my belief that even if there wasn't a single unauthorized music file shared that the recording industry would be seeing a nearly identical decline.

>>> Read full article on ITWorldCanada's blog.

The Future of Music in a Digital World

Just a FYI for those in Toronto on this event.

November 24, 2008 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Jane Mallett Theatre at StLC
Admission is free


Graham Henderson: president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association

Don Quarles: executive director of the Songwriters Association of Canada

Will Strickland: president of the Urban Music Association of Canada

Byron Kent Wongis a Toronto and Los Angeles-based media producer, musician and entrepreneur

Le premier billet en français de digital copyright

Bonjour à tous,

Pour le premier billet en français sur, j'aimerais souligner la présence Québécoise sur L'écoute des albums "8 jours" (par Gars Trans) et "Le Grand Voyage" (par Zénon) est à ne pas manquer.

J'espère, avec le temps, que la présence Franco-Canadienne sur Jamendo et d'autres sites de musique libre va se diversifiée et qu'on y retrouvera la musique de Franco-Ontariens, Acadiens, Franco-Saskois et de tous les autres Francophones du Canada.

Music Is (A)live - But Music Industry Looks For Future

Reporting from CANNES for Intellectual Property Watch, Monika Ermert discussed future direction for music from the world’s largest music fair, Midem.

“Music Industry 1.0 is dead,” said Ted Cohen, former vice president at EMI and now a partner at consulting agency TAG Strategic. “Any label that thinks it is about business as usual is ridiculous.” Cohen was outspoken about the need for a change at the pre-Midem MidemNet Forum that deals very much with technology.

Seriously Westcoast Vol.2 - Happy Holidays

The major innovators in the Canadian music industry have done it again. Nettwerk Music has partnered with the Vancouver Sun to give Canadian music fans a holiday gift. Seriously Westcoast Vol.2 is a s easonally themed and features 15 songs from such artists as Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, Medieval Baebes, Jars of Clay and many more.

This special digital album will only be available for a limited time staring on Saturday, December 15 at 12:01am for 48 hours only.

File sharing (unauthorized or not) is good for music sales: Industry Canada

While not at all surprising to those of us who have done our own analysis, an Industry Canada study has confirmed yet again the same as other independent studies have: that P2P filesharing either has a neutral or beneficial effect on music sales.

See: Jack Kapica, Rob Hyndman, Howard Knopf

Lawsuits Not The Solution, Says Quebec's ADISQ

With the Government's primary direction so far (Liberal or Conservative) being to make lawsuits easier and penalties harsher, it isn't surprising that yet more music industry groups are opposing this direction.

A Billboard magazine article by Robert Thompson talks about a top executive with Quebec's music industry arm ADISQ this week suggested that the industry refrain from taking a hardline stance with illegal downloaders.

Trent Reznor: Take my music, please

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, the subject of a cNet news article by Greg Sandoval, is just one of the growing number of musicians who take a position on music sharing very different than the old-economy major labels.

Musicians taking rightful place in music industry...

I wrote the following as a letter to the editor in reply to a Macleans article written by Philippe Gohier.

What Mr. Gohier wrote misses the whole point of what is going on. The music industry is made up of different (and sometimes warring) components, including composers, performers and "makers". The last group dominated the music industry when the equipment necessary for recording and distributing music was expensive, but modern technology changes this. The decision is about composers making a larger cut of the money from music downloads.

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