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Music Copyright Debate in Canada

I saw this news item this morning and I thought I'd share it. The story is about the most recent political debate in Canada about strengthening the law to prohibit the downloading of music from 'free' provider sites. Interestingly enough, it's the musicians in Canada who are fighting the change in the law. They say they'd rather see their fans at concerts rather than in courts, and they attribute world wide interest and notice of their music to the internet. Given how often we seem to be caught up in 'rights' issues, I thought their view was amazingly open, generous and even insightful with respect to longterm success. I also found it interesting that the folks who are pushing for the tighter legislation are the big corporations who put out the CDs so the issue for them isn't music but money. To read more, check out the url: http://start.shaw.ca/start/enCA/Entertainment/EntertainmentNewsArticle.htm?src=e050111A.xml


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May. 1st, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Now that is just cool.
May. 1st, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, the cd corps don't give a rats ass about music or the musicians, just their bottom line profits. The musicians are usually underpaid anyway while the suits get rich. Canadian Bands like the Pikes and the Guess Who have always benefitted from the internet and fan pushes much more than the mainstream business end of it, so good for them for speaking out like that. I think people are just getting sick of keeping Hollywood (fill in your locations) suits getting rich off other peoples creativity and the everypersons unwilllingness to pay stupid prices for garbage.

Maybe if the rest of the world sits up and takes notice, the companies will come to understand that if artists boycott them in favor of their own control, they'll be out on the sidewalk while musicians and fans alike laugh as they walk past. Good for them.
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