Canadian record industry won't say what it wants

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9 Responses to “Canadian record industry won't say what it wants”

  1. Anonymous says:

    For people that are so concerned about “commercially valuable information” they are quite public about how many billions they are loosing due to piracy.

  2. rgsteele says:

    A typo in the HTML has broken the link to the story:

    http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4989/125/

  3. Bloo says:

    Does Canada have any sort of ‘government in the sunshine’ laws which make meetings between lobbyists and government officials public record?

  4. ian71 says:

    A wise man once said:
    You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes… you get what you need.
    I think we should call for suggestions on what the CRIA needs.

  5. Laurel L. Russwurm says:

    The last I heard, CRIA only represents PART of the Canadian record industry.

    In November of last year This Magazine reported that 30% of the Canadian music industry was made up of true Independents who had entirely bypassed the big media corporations that make up the CRIA.

    Pay indie artists and break the music monopoly — Legalize Music Piracy

    Among other things, many artists have realized independent production means they don’t have to give up their control of copyright to CRIA companies now that they can distribute their own wares online.

    CRIA only represents SOME of the Canadian recording industry.

  6. Roy Trumbull says:

    I wasn’t referring purely to a matter of copyright. My friend was more interested in providing some compensation to performers who probably realized little or none when the record was first made.
    Two old time blues fans would send postcards to general delivery in towns throughout the south in search of long vanished performers. One day they got a response that was for real. They couldn’t pack their recording gear into their car quickly enough.

  7. Roy Trumbull says:

    A friend of mine reissued blues recordings from the 1920s and 1930s and was prepared to pay royalties if any of the singers ever turned up and pressed a claim. I don’t know that he ever had to do that. Sales were to a pretty narrow market of collectors.
    I saw him at the post office one day. He said, “Records had a hundred year run. That’s pretty good.”
    A longtime friend just issued an album without going through a record company. For a flat one time fee and no percentage of sales, a company makes the entire album and individual cuts available on the usual download sites. Times change, get over it.

    • Laurel L. Russwurm says:

      My father has been involved in helping get old music re-issued on CD before it is lost forever. As I understand it, everything recorded on 78′s is in public domain.

      Of course those laws may be a changin’…

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