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Canadian Media Production and Music Groups Calls for New Rules for Netflix, Google

Appeared in the Toronto Star on February 8, 2014 as Success of Netflix, Google Leads to Calls for New Rules Canadians love Internet success stories such as Netflix and Google as recent data indicates that millions now subscribe to the online video service and Google is the undisputed leader in […]

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February 13, 2014 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Billboard Article Changes Tune on Canadian Copyright Reform

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 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:

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May 9, 2011 7 comments News

CRIA vs. CMPA on Canadian Copyright Reform

Billboard runs an article on the future of Canadian copyright reform that highlights the sharp divide between CRIA and much of the rest of the Canadian music industry. CRIA’s Graham Henderson says he believes 90% of Bill C-32 was agreed upon by the music industry.  That comment led to a […]

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May 6, 2011 5 comments News

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