Post Tagged with: "cmcc"

Copyright and the Throne Speech

While Canadian Heritage Copyright Policy may be undergoing some uncertainty, that is not stopping some copyright lobby groups from pushing the government to include copyright in next month's throne speech.  In one of the oddest releases in memory [can't seem to find it online yet], four industry groups – CRIA, Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA), Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), and Music Managers Forum (MMF) Canada, have called on the government to feature copyright, including WIPO ratification, in the forthcoming legislative agenda.

The strangest part of the release is the vision put forward by these four groups.  There are no musicians, performers, songwriters, or copyright collectives to be found (the absence of consumers is a given).  Of course, the release fails to mention that Canadian musicians stand against WIPO ratification, while CRIA is in the middle of litigation in which it opposes the collectives and is trying to reduce the amount of compensation they receive.  In other words, it is an industry view of a music industry without musicians.

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September 25, 2007 2 comments News

Signing vs. Ratifying

With the Canadian media continuing to cover the U.S. interest in Canadian copyright law (CBC, National Post) and the Globe publishing a pair of notable responses to yesterday's Ibbitson column (CMCC members, MP Charlie Angus), it is worth expanding on one issue that I flagged in my response to the Ibbitson piece.  I commented that he had incorrectly equated signing a treaty (which represents only a supportive gesture) vs. ratifying a treaty (which creates new legal obligations).  Howard Knopf neatly characterized it as the difference between dating and marriage.

It should be noted that many countries sign but do not ratify treaties. 

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March 8, 2007 5 comments News

CMCC Speaks Out Again

On a day when Sony settled yet another legal proceeding against it over the rootkit fiasco, the Canadian Music Creators Coalition are making news.  The organization unveiled a new website and called attention to Canada's record setting year in digital sales last year, picking up on the fact that Canadian […]

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January 30, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

The Copycat Copyright Campaign

Yesterday posted an article on copyright reform that calls attention to the growing public interest in copyright, last year's Bulte fight, and the prospect that Canadian Heritage Minister Oda could face similar opposition if the Conservatives introduce DMCA-like legislation in Canada.  The story arose in light of a BoingBoing posting that picked up on a Canadian Press story on "imminent" copyright reform.

While it is great that the article notes the public concern with copyright, I think it actually misses the mark in a couple of respects.  First, it argues that consumers "who have grown accustomed to the lax standards currently in place would see further regulation as an infringement on their rights."  I don't think that is quite right.  Canada does not have lax standards when it comes to copyright.  Our laws are compliant with our international obligations and indeed are far more restrictive in certain respects (ie. fair use) than laws found in the United States.  The outcry from the public won't happen because they're used to lax laws, but rather because if we're going to get reform, Canadians want the reform to reflect their needs rather than those promoted by the U.S. Trade Representative.

Second, by focusing on the role of bloggers, I think there is a danger of missing the bigger picture. 

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January 18, 2007 3 comments News

The Letters of the Law: The Year in Canadian Tech Law

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) features my annual review in law and technology with a particular emphasis on Canadian developments. This past year in law and technology has been marked by a series of noteworthy developments including the explosive interest in user-generated content (culminating in […]

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December 18, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns