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CIRPA on the ISP Business Model

Comments from the Canadian Independent Record Production Association, during the CRTC New Media hearing on Wednesday:

MR. McKIE:    Turning to the distribution issue and the role and responsibilities of ISPs when it comes to the dissemination and development of content on the Internet, it may be the worst kept secret ever that the value that consumers derive from their Internet connections is related to their ability to download materials, 90 per cent of which are not authorized.

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THE CHAIRPERSON:  On page 6, in the second paragraph, you say:

"The future of ISP is dependent on further developing business models based on the distribution of authorized materials."  Are you saying the adverse: that the present business model depends on the distribution of unauthorized material?

MR. McKIE:  I agree

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