Last week, Billboard ran an article
on what the Conservative majority government might mean for copyright reform. The article placed the spotlight on the sharp divide between the Canadian Recording Industry Association on one side and much of the remainder of the music industry on the other. While CRIA was one of Bill C-32’s most vocal supporters (aided by its Balanced Copyright for Canada site), many other music associations including collectives, songwriters, and publishers were sharply critical. This divide came through in the original article, noting
that CRIA’s Graham Henderson told Billboard.biz that “he believes 90 percent of C-32 was agreed upon by members of the music industry ‘with just a difference of opinions on a couple of things'”.
That comment led to a sharp rebuke from Catherine Saxberg of the Canadian Music Publishers Association: “Certainly Graham, as CRIA, represents the multi-national labels and they’re the biggest driving sector of our business and Graham speaks for them and he does an excellent job, but he doesn’t speak for the [whole] music industry. I guess I’m baffled how he could say that the music industry believes in 90 percent of the bill. I don’t know how to respond to that. I speak to a lot of people who work in music who don’t like this bill.”
I posted a brief reference to the article on Friday, but Billboard has now changed the article. While it does not reference the fact that the article was edited after posting, it rephrases Henderson’s comment as “most members of the music industry agreed on 90% of what was wrong with C-32 ‘with just a difference of opinions on a couple of things'” and it deletes the Saxberg comments about Henderson altogether. The change is interesting as it seeks to paper over the obvious divide that exists within the industry on issues such as the private copying levy, format shifting and other consumer exceptions, as well as the role of Internet service providers.