The steady procession of Canadian music industry representatives to the
Bill C-11 committee continues today with the Canadian Independent Music
Association (CIMA) ready to add to an already long list of industry
demands to completely overhaul the bill. The music industry demands
keep growing, but CIMA's
is the most radical to date as it would create liability risk for
social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video
sites, aggregators, and many other websites featuring third party
that were not enough, the industry is also calling for a new iPod tax,
an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of protections for
user generated content, parody, and satire, as well as an increase in
statutory damage awards. Taken together, the music industry demands
make SOPA look like some minor tinkering with the law.
Note that industry had already called for SOPA-style
reforms such as website blocking and expanded liability that could extend to
sites such as YouTube before the hearings began. This week has seen
an industry lawyer inaccurately
portray global approaches to digital lock rules and a musician
full statutory damages of up to $20,000 per infringement for
non-commercial infringements by individuals.
Those demands are nothing compared to what CIMA has in mind, however.
Topping the list is a massive
expansion of the enabler provision.
The music industry wants to remove a requirement that the so-called
pirate sites be "designed primarily" to enable copyright infringement.
TagsShareWednesday February 29, 2012