Canadian Music Creators Coalition

Exclaim! The Year in Music Business

An article by Allison Outhit for Exclaim! gives a year in review of the music business. It highlights the changes in the music business, including the shifting royalty payment pie between composers/publishers, performers and labels. It also discusses the ongoing move away from DRM as a method to increase sales.

New copyright law on its way: Industry Canada

A CBC Arts article hilights the fact that the tabling of proposed copyright law changes is coming in the next couple of weeks.

The article repeats a common misinterpretation of BMG vs. Doe which CRIA has been abusing to justify radical backward-facing changes to the law. This case did not say that unauthorized filesharing of music wasn't an infringement, what it said was that the industry needed to provide a minimal level of evidence of infringing activity in order to fulfill the requirements of Canada's privacy legislation to find out who was sharing. So far the industry has been unwilling to collect trivially obtainable evidence of infringing activity.

Please also see a CityNews article that makes the same serious mistake. We need to ensure that adequate letters to the editor are sent to ensure they are aware of this mistake!

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.

Verner urged to stop CRTC drift to deregulation

A CBC News article talks about a coalition of 18 artist and business groups who are opposing the current direction taken by the CRTC.

"By removing one stone, you threaten the entire structure. When the CRTC no longer strongly supports the policies under its responsibility, it sends a message that all of our cultural support framework can be called into question."

The problem is, that stone was already removed by advances in information and communications technology, and the entire cultural support framework has already been called into question.

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.

Musicians to Industry: "Not In Our Names"

Mediacaster Magazine has an article on the The Canadian Music Creators Coalition's (CMCC) renewed calls for the Canadian government to ensure a made-in-Canada response to copyright reform. See CMCC press release. Also carried by Tech Media Reports.

SOCAN and music download rates.

There were quite a few articles on Friday talking about how Canada's Copyright Board Sets Royalty Rate for what composers will get from music downloads. This is yet another issue where you need to understand the music industry as 3 separate components, that disagree with each other even more than they do with outsiders.

Music Industry Needs A Dose of Innovation, Not Intervention

Michael Geist's latest Law Bytes column suggests that Music Industry Needs A Dose of Innovation, Not Intervention. I believe he sidestepped one of the most important dynamics, which is the growing separation of the majority of players that make up the music industry from the recording industry that historically dominated it.

Business models

Interesting reading this morning.

On the one hand, a Vancouver Sun article with some fascinating quotes from Graham Henderson (president of the CRIA), and on the other, a Locus Online article by Cory Doctorow about the economics of giving stuff away for free.

The "iPod tax" - CPCC's proposed levy on devices capable of storing digital audio, and a better way forward

I was called yesterday morning to ask for an interview later in the day about the latest CPCC levy. Since that interview didn't happen, I want to post some of my thoughts on the levy. What I want to say is far more than could have been in an interview anyway.

(See also: p2pnet republishing of article)

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