Archive for February 4th, 2010

Canadian Digital Music Sales Growth Beats The U.S. For the 4th Straight Year

Nielsen Soundscan has just released the Canadian music sales figures for 2009.  Notwithstanding the regular claims that the Canadian digital music market cannot develop without copyright reform, the Canadian market grew faster than the U.S. market for the fourth consecutive year.  As the chart below demonstrates, digital music sales have grown faster in Canada than in the U.S. in every year since 2006:

Year Canada United States
2009 38% 8%
2008 58% 27%
2007 73% 45%
2006 122% 65%

While this does not suggest that the market is thriving – a down economy with more competition for the entertainment dollar it is a tough market – it does confirm yet again that attempts to link copyright reform to the development of a Canadian digital market are not borne out by the facts.  Indeed, Canada has consistently grown faster than the United States (from an admittedly lower starting point given that digital music stores arrived later in Canada). 

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February 4, 2010 9 comments News

Australia Says ACTA Talks Could Go Into 2011

Building on earlier disclosures from Sweden and New Zealand, the Australian press is reporting that government officials say they oppose inclusion of three strikes in ACTA and confirm that talks on the secret copyright treaty could extend into 2011.

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Washington Post: “ACTA Absurdity Continues”

The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro has a piece on ACTA, expressing concern about the secret copyright treaty and fears that things may get worse.

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Copyright Reform Commitment Coming in Speech From the Throne?

The National Post's John Ivison writes about the Conservatives' plan to borrow heavily from the 2008 Competition Policy Review Panel in the forthcoming Speech from the Throne.  The panel report included recommendations for copyright reform, which focused on the need for balance in rewarding creators and stimulating competition and innovation.

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UK Digital Economy Bill Dealt Blow as Minister Resigns

The Guardian reports that the UK government's bid to push the digital economy bill through has been dealt another setback after Siôn Simon, the creative industries minister appointed to pilot the legislation through parliament for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, announced he is resigning an MP.

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