Post Tagged with: "copyrightCopyright Microsite – Music Industry"

Leading Canadian Music Label Challenges RIAA Lawsuits

Nettwerk Music Group, Canada's leading privately owned record label (and a label that refuses to use copy-controls), has taken the remarkable step of joining the fight against the RIAA's strategy of lawsuits against alleged file sharers.  The company, which represents some of Canada's top artists including Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, […]

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January 26, 2006 17 comments News

Matthew Good

Every so often there is a posting that you simply must read.  And then re-read.  Speaking Out of Turn, from acclaimed Canadian musician Matthew Good, is that posting.

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January 13, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Kazaa and Canadian Law

Earlier today an Australian court ruled in favour of the music industry in its copyright infringement suit against Sharman Networks, the company behind Kazaa.  I won' t venture into providing an analysis of Australian law; see Kim Weatherall's excellent, quick analysis of the case, which notes that this decision is […]

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September 5, 2005 7 comments News

More Music Industry Myths Exposed

As many readers will know, I've written a fair amount about the myths associated with file sharing and music sales.  My writing has focused on the growth of DVDs and video games, changes to the retail channel, and the compensation earned through the private copying levy to demonstrate the losses […]

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July 27, 2005 3 comments News

Groundhog Day

Readers of the Toronto Star will know that the paper recently published a letter to the editor from CRIA President Graham Henderson responding to my column on the privacy implications of the Federal Court of Appeal file sharing case. Henderson didn't think much of the column, opening his letter by stating that "Michael Geist's on-going vendetta against the record industry assumes new dimensions each week."

The Star edited some of the rest of the letter, but CRIA has now posted it in full on its site. The first paragraph actually continues in the same vein, with Henderson stating that "I think readers are entitled to start asking what motive is at the root of this single minded, attack dog mentality."

Since the start of the year, I've written 23 columns for the Star. They've addressed a wide range of issues including a national online library, patents, Internet pharmacies, broadband access, Internet telephony, spam, lawful access, ISP accountability, and censorship in China. Two columns have focused on intellectual property issues in developing countries and three have discussed privacy law issues. In fact, only seven columns considered copyright matters and just three columns explicitly focus on the music industry and copyright.

My motivations are pretty transparent. I am concerned about the impact of potential copyright reforms advocated by CRIA that have been shown elsewhere to have a negative impact on privacy, free speech, creativity, security, and research. I am concerned with policies that do little to benefit Canadian creators while sending increasing royalties to large multinational corporations based outside the country. I am concerned by public rhetoric that seeks to label as "theft" activities that may be permissible under Canadian law. I am concerned that Canadian copyright laws are not focused on policies that could genuinely foster greater Canadian creativity and access to Canadian culture.

I would argue that CRIA's motivations are also pretty transparent. Consider the development of the private copying levy in Canada and the ongoing debate on file sharing.

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June 13, 2005 1 comment News