Canadian Music Creators Coalition

L’Étranger than fiction - Andrew Cash joins fellow band-mate in House

Quebec is not the only place where there are some new Official Opposition members we should take note of. Newly elected rookie MP for Davenport, Andrew Cash, was a fellow L’Étranger and is now a fellow NDP caucus member with childhood friend Charlie Angus. Mr Cash was also the co-founder of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition back in 2006.

While CMCC may not have been active recently, the fact that some of their members are MPs suggests that their positive message about the future of music and copyright may be better heard in the house.

Billy Bragg and MP Charlie Angus press conference

Billy Bragg and MP Charlie Angus (New Democratic Party) Parliament of Canada Press Conference November 20, 2009 with Safwan Javad (Canadian Musicians Creators Coalition), Don Quarles (Canadian Songwriters Association) on the creation of digital copyright policies that ensures artists get paid and pushes back against the corporate war against fans.



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Rocker Andrew Cash nominated in riding of Davenport

Andrew Cash, along with sitting MP Charlie Angus, are members of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition. This will now be another riding to watch in the next election, and I will give whatever support I can to both Charlie and Andrew.

Read: Now Magazine, Twitpic

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

Panelists:

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

51'st State: It's US vs U.S. in the battle for Canadian Sovereignty

Gordon Duggan at Appropriation Art has published a comic (PDF) about Canadian Copyright revision. It is a classic battle of good vs. evil of comic proportions where the "Evil Emissaries of American Interests try to suppress the Fantastic Freedom of Expression Fighters".

The cast of characters is somehow familiar.

Evil Emissaries (Or just misinformed?): Harper, Bush, Prentice, Henderson, McTeague, Wilkins, Feinstein / Cronyn, Schwarzenegger, Glickman, Frith, Oda

Fantastic Freedom Fighters: Angus, Doctorow, Geist, Knopf, Murray, Page, McOrmond

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

ACTRA angry over delayed copyright reform

A CBC article has an interesting idea from ACTRA

The union for Canada's English-language performers is fuming over the government's decision to delay copyright reform legislation, demanding Minister of Industry Jim Prentice to "do the right thing" and ignore the protests of a "vocal minority.

Given the opponents to WIPO Internet treaty ratification include many high profile ACTRA members, exactly which group is a "vocal minority" -- those groups fearful of modern technology (and thus support the WIPO Internet treaties), or those groups who see modern technology being in the hands of independent creators and other private citizens as an asset?

It is sad that an increasing number of creators have to work outside of their traditional "support" organizations in order to get their views heard on critical questions around Copyright. Creators should be watching their associations very closely to ensure that they aren't pushing policy that ends up greatly harming the interests of creators (such as supporting anti-circumvention legislation)!

Steve Page on upcoming Copyright bill.

There are so many BLOGs I'm reading these days, but I'm embarrassed to have missed one of the Barenaked Ladies BLOG from Tue December 4 '07 titled "Lousy News". Steve tells people he is opposed to US style legislation, and points people to the "Fair Copyright in Canada" facebook group, and Michael Geist's BLOG for more information.

Well, the bad news is that word on the Hill suggests that Canada is about to introduce new legislation which is even more oppressive and draconian than even the most restrictive countries (read: the United States), even at a time when countries like Israel and the UK are passing new laws which acknowledge the new state of affairs, especially when it comes to digital media.

Music Creators Applaud Songwriters' P2P Proposal

Songwriters Association of Canada proposes inexpensive,
legal access to P2P for Canadians

Montreal, December 6, 2007: The Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) applauded the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) today for its innovative, forward-thinking proposal to provide Canadians with legal and affordable access to file-sharing services.

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