Canadian Music Creators Coalition

Impressive sales numbers leave Canadian musicians asking: "Why sue our fans?"

For Immediate Release
Media Advisory – Canadian Music Creators Coalition Congratulates Industry on Unparalleled Growth in Electronic Music Sales
Impressive sales numbers leave Canadian musicians asking: "Why sue our fans?"

Montreal, January 30, 2007

Nielsen BDS numbers released January 17th ( http://tinyurl.com/39n8fm) show that Canada's digital download market grew more than any major market in 2006. This exciting news has the Canadian Music Creators Coalition asking: "Why are the record labels still pushing for ways to sue Canadian music fans?"

We want to work with government on copyright, says Page

Steven Page of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition wrote a letter to the editor of the Hill Times.

I did indeed meet with the ministers, however, not with my band, Barenaked Ladies, but with fellow musicians Andrew Cash and Brendan Canning. We came to Ottawa as representatives of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, a broad-based and politically neutral coalition of musicians from across the country.

Note: Like the CMCC, the citizens involved in Digital Copyright Canada and the people I represent with CLUE (Canada's Association for Open Source) are also either non-partisan or multi-partisan. Copyright is not a partisan issue, and it is what individuals bring that is critical. There is nothing in any historical political philosophy that prepares people better to understanding these issues.

First impressions of eMusic, the number 2 online music store

(Also on p2pnet)
As a music fan and someone who believes in my right to make my own software choices on hardware I own, I decided to try out eMusic. This music service is the second most popular online music store, with Apple's iTunes being the top. Unlike Apples iTunes, music purchased through eMusic is made available in vendor-neutral file formats, unlike Apple's iTunes which are encrypted such that they are only interoperable with hardware/software combinations that are approved by Apple.

Note: Apple claims that their FairPlay system is used to stop people from copyright infringement, but basic cryptographic theory documents how this is not possible. The intended recipient of the files and the alleged "attacker" are the same person, and thus the encrypted files and the decryption keys are both available to them.

CD trading system

I came across this on ecogeek:

http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/127/


At some point you probably went through the painstaking process of loading all your tunes onto the computer. Well, now you're stuck with a stack of CDs and don't know what to do with them. The new music exchange service La La, enables CD trading for just $1.49, allowing several people to use each CD, keeping discs in circulation instead of going on the landfills or cluttering up your valuable closet space.


Once you become a member, the service encourages you to list all the CDs you want to exchange as well as ones they would be interested in receiving. Once an exchange is arranged, the recipient pays $1.49, of which 63 cents pays for shipping the disc. Netflix-style shipping kits (prepaid standard envelops) will arrive in the mail after you list your first CD at the site.

Former RIAA head Hilary Rosen disagrees with lawsuits and DRM...

Hilary (Hillarious) Rosen, past Chairman and CEO of the Recording Indsutry Assciation of America (RIAA), posts an article on the Huffington Post indicating how she believes that "lawsuits have outlived most of their usefulness". She also states that "The iPod is still too small a part of the overall potential of the market and its proprietary DRM just bugs me." Since DRM is the controversial tie of encrypted content to specific brands of access devices which are under the control of the manufacturer rather than the owner, and thus there is no such thing as non-proprietary DRM, this effectively means that she is opposed to DRM.

If she was a Canadian and believed in Factor funding, she just might be a member of the CMCC.

Copyfighting Canadian musicians talk about Parliament meetings - MP3

A BoingBoing article by Cory Doctorow includes:

As part of their blitz of Canadian policymakers, Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page and his colleagues Andrew Cash and Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene) stopped in for a meeting with the editorial board of the Ottawa Citizen, the major newspaper in Canada's capital

Links to: Ottawa Citizen: Digital deterrents drive fans away, musicians' group tells politicians, and an MP3 of their conversation with the editorial board. (Great conversation!)

Musicians push hard, but no copyright changes until fall

A Globe and Mail article by Guy Dixon includes:

New copyright legislation isn't likely to come until the fall, say Ottawa insiders, despite the publicity blitz by a coalition of musicians opposing certain restrictions.

In just two weeks, the new Canadian Music Creators Coalition has shifted public attention sharply away from what the major record companies want out of the coming legislation: tighter legal controls and the ratification of the World Intellectual Property Organization treaties.

Protect artists - From Graham Henderson

Graham Henderson, the president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), and likely the greatest threat to Canadian musicians and other creators, wrote an article for the National Post titled Protect artists - Reform Canada's copyright laws.

I sent the following as a letter to the editor. (Published by p2pnet)

Re: Protect artists - Reform Canada's copyright laws

While I agree with Graham Henderson that we need to reform our laws, including copyright law, it must be to protect Canadians and Canadian artists from the lawlessness he is advocating. He wishes to sue Canadians without evidence of infringing activities, with a lack of evidence being the primary reason why his members lost the lawsuits in 2004. It is our strong Canadian privacy legislation that protected Canadians from this lack of due process.

Canadian artists press Ottawa on copyright law

A Canadian Press article (distributed by CTV) includes a discussion of a press event including Charlie Angus, as well as the following:

The Canadian Recording Industry Association has been pressing for tighter controls on how music is distributed, saying the industry has lost close to $6 million in retail sales since the advent of online music trading.

Association president Graham Henderson scoffed Monday at the idea of bringing in more levies on blank media, noting how unpopular the existing tax is. He said legal downloading is available now that gives music lovers the songs they want and pays artists for their work.

This is typical Henderson double-speak. The current blank media levy is not the same as a proposed levy to share, which would much closer to what legalizes and monetizes radio and cable television. There are many problems with the blank media levy that would not apply to a levy for the online distribution of entertainment.

The so-called "legal download" sites Henderson speaks about bring up many questions about the legality of these service, such as the tied selling (Section 77 of the Competition act) of DRM'd content with DRM'd access devices which circumvent the property, privacy and other rights of the owners of these devices.

Music coalition a wake-up call on copyright law – NDP

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) says the emergence of the star-studded Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is a welcome addition to the long simmering war over copyright legislation. The Coalition is in Ottawa to meet with Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Read full release on NDP website...

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