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CRIA Continues Fight Against Industry Canada Sponsored P2P Study

Ever since Industry Canada released an independent study it sponsored on the impact of peer-to-peer file sharing in late 2007, the Canadian Recording Industry Association has worked overtime to try to discredit it. The independent study, completed by two European economists, reached the following two key conclusions:
  • When assessing the P2P downloading population, there was "a strong positive relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchasing.  That is, among Canadians actually engaged in it, P2P file sharing increases CD purchases." The study estimated that 12 additional P2P downloads per month increases music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.
  • When viewed in the aggregate (ie. the entire Canadian population), there is no direct relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchases in Canada.  According to the study authors, "the analysis of the entire Canadian population does not uncover either a positive or negative relationship between the number of files downloaded from P2P networks and CDs purchased. That is, we find no direct evidence to suggest that the net effect of P2P file sharing on CD purchasing is either positive or negative for Canada as a whole."

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Warner Music Mutes MP Angus' Radio Documentary On Youtube

In recent years, Warner Music has become infamous for "muting" the sound on hundreds of YouTube videos that include music over which they hold copyright. While takedowns of full copies of songs is their prerogative, the effect of muting user-generated content that may have a snippet of a song as background for a non-commercial work is precisely why the Canadian government introduced the so-called YouTube exception into Bill C-32.

This weekend, Warner Music's policy hit an unlikely target - NDP MP Charlie Angus. Angus reports that he tried to post one of his old CBC radio documentaries on Carrie Chenier, the first woman underground miner in the uranium mines of Elliot Lake, on Youtube. She discusses work as a single mother as well as the fight for compensation for the cancer victims in the uranium industry.  At least that's what Angus says the discusses.  Since there is apparently some Warner Music owned audio in the background, the entire video has been muted so that it cannot be heard.   It is these kinds of situations - non-commercial new uses of works that do not have a substantial adverse impact on the underlying work - that make the UGC provision in Bill C-32 a positive step forward that users and creators.


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