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)

Major labels continue to shoot themselves, musicians, and fans in the foot (or head)...

I am listening to CBC Radio show The Current which is doing a feature on independent/unsigned music, peer to peer sharing/advertising, and the failure of major labels. They are hooked on a "Block Buster" business model which simply doesn't work any more in a world where people have access to a greater diversity of music. We are headed for a major market correction, hopefully with out government not continuing to stand in the way of modernization.

At the same time I see articles about how the majors are trying to put upward pressure on the cost of music downloads, which we all know will drive more people to alternative channels for their music. While the Canadian government is entirely asleep on cultural policy and fixing the monopolies of the major labels, a New York state antitrust probe of record labels' digital-music pricing.

Technical Measures and non-software copyright related industries.

I had a long talk yesterday with someone from the music industry. His focus was on music and musicians, while I try to be aware of the variety of ways in which copyright law affects different marketplaces and human rights.

There is a critical problem with thinking only about one type of creative work when analysing recent copyright reform. For instance, legal protection for technical measures is not an issue that you can understand without understanding technical measures, and more specifically the software marketplace.

Legal protection for technical measures, often called Paracopyright, is the most controversial aspect of the 1996 WIPO treaties, and these controversial treaties form the core of Bill C-60 from the previous government. Any discussion of paracopyright must include a discussion of the software marketplace.

Music Creators Coalition Newsletters #1 and #2

Keith Serry, has been working to launch a Music Creators Coalition. The following are the first two newsletters. Please contact e-mail keith.serry [at] gmail [dot] com. to get onto his email list! Coalition covered on p2pnet.



October 20, 2005

First of all, hello!

My name is Keith Serry. I’m a Montreal-based music lover, public relations consultant and amateur technology watcher.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to answer a simple question: If the Internet is going to keep changing the way we make, buy, share and experience music, why is it that the major labels — the same people who have been mistreating artists for decades — are the loudest voices in the heritage policy and copyright law debate? Don’t these guys have a pretty lousy track record of sticking up for artists’ well being? To put it another way, I wondered why the artists didn’t speak for themselves.

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