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Canadian Musicians vs. Canadian Recording Industry Spokesperson

The government continues to play catch-up with the copyright consultation submissions (my submission appeared on Friday).  It has just posted two interesting contrasting submissions: the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, actual Canadian musicians who warn against DMCA-style reforms and Don Hogarth, CRIA's communication person, who warns against people who warn against DMCA-style reforms.

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  1. It’s not IP protection we need as per Hogarth’s rant, it’s IP monitization on the net that the music industry needs to look at.

    “They frequently frame the debate as one of “industry vs. the people”. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

    I wish that were true. Pulling stunts like the industry did at the Toronto Copyright Townhall, and the calls from lawyers from organizations Mr. Hogarth represents to disconnect users from the net for sharing music (on public record) sure seems like “industry vs. the people” to me. They way to defuse that is to stop trying to take away civil liberties in free society, and start monetizing the networks rather than wining about it, than this would have been solved 11 years ago.

    The rights of a free society trump that of an outdated business model that some people will not let go.

    To quote a UK Parliamentary Committee Report that touched up on this subject:

    http://www.apcomms.org.uk/uploads/apComms_Final_Report.pdf

    “We conclude that much of the problem with illegal sharing of copyrighted material has been caused by the rightsholders, and the music industry in particular, being far too slow in getting their act together and making popular legal alternatives available.”

    One would hope Both Clement and Moore don’t have a huge void in between those ears to send the same message. This industry needs to smarten up. Time to move on and make money.

  2. Looks like Hogarth took some lessons on writing propaganda from Barry Sookman.

  3. I said: “One would hope Both Clement and Moore don’t have a huge void in between those ears to send the same message.”

    Meant to say: One would hope Both Clement and Moore don’t have a huge void in between those ears and send the same message to industry as the UK just did.

    This industry has long lost the credibility with respect to it’s position within the public and now on the political and industry side. Smoking was good for the general population at one point, until the facts were presented.