Professor Geist's regular Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) is the first of a two-part look at the impact of peer-to-peer file sharing on the music industry. The column provides a detailed examination of the Canadian Recording Industry Association's own numbers, concluding that […]
Archive for November, 2004
Numbers don’t crunch against downloading
Last week the Canadian music industry, led by senior executives and star musicians, including rocker Tom Cochrane and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, descended on Parliament Hill to lobby the government to reform Canada's copyright legislation. The industry sought meetings with government leaders such as Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla […]
Music Industry and Kazaa Face Off in Australian Court
The Australian Music Industry and Sharman Networks, the owner of Kazaa, face off in court next week. Professor Geist comments on some of the copyright issues to be addressed.
Radio Canada International Looks at the Music Industry
Radio Canada International's Business Sense features a 30 minute special on the music industry in Canada. Professor Geist comments on the impact of file sharing on Canadian artists, highlighting why peer-to-peer is only marginally responsible for the recent decline in record sales. (Streaming version) (Download version).
Canadian Musicians Lobby for Copyright Reform
Several of Canada's best known musicians went to Parliament today to lobby for reform to the Copyright Act. While CRIA argued that the current statute hurts their industry, the economy, and artists, Professor Geist comments that the proposed reforms will directly affect millions of Canadians who may have no interest […]