Major record labels forced to pay CAD$45M to ripped-off musicians


9 Responses to “Major record labels forced to pay CAD$45M to ripped-off musicians”

  1. adonai says:

    So does that mean if downloaders burnt a few CDs and sold them, they could get off with much lower civil judgements than if they just downloaded music for themselves?

  2. a_user says:

    wait they were mass producing pirate mix tapes for retail from the 1980s onwards?

    Jail time surely?

  3. PrettyBoyTim says:

    So how come a music publisher only has to pay $156 per track when filesharers have to pay so much more?

    • DarthVain says:

      Because Canadian Law and Politics isn’t AS retarded as US Law and Politics YET, despite what the Conservatives are trying to do up here.

      No one to my knowlege no one has been sued in Canada for this sort of thing, this is the first.

      Considering that the piracy that took place here was by corporations, that actually actively sold the songs on a retail market for profit and didn’t compensate artists and their hit was only 160$ a song, I would say if anyone ever does get sued up here it will be for considerably less. As it is one thing to “share” a few songs for no profit, its another to market and sell songs on CD in stores for money and not pay…

      The US court system with its John Doe privacy invasions and 150,000$ per song damages is just so ridiculous and unfair it boggles the mind. How that can exist anywhere leaves me speechless. Its something right out of some dystopian science fiction novel.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well the companies probably pay less then the individual civil cases because most of the civil cases publicized are American cases. Canadian courts don’t award as much money per infringement due to our piracy laws.

  5. Camp Freddie says:

    So it’s okay to break the law for explicit commercial gain and distribute a pirated track to (at least) thousands of people. You just pay a fine of $156 CAD, which is insignificant when compared to your profit on thousands of copies.

    But if you pirate a track and distribute it to an average of <1 people (the average seeding ratio among all peers can't be >1 for obvious reasons) for no commercial gain then you get fined tens of thousands of $USD.

    The pending list was a criminal conspiracy to break the law for profit (erm, IANAL). They knew they were acting illegally, but did it anyway because they could make more money.

  6. echolocate chocolate says:

    Only $45 million?

  7. AirPillo says:

    Well obviously it’s only a crime to sell pirated albums if you’re an individual. Corporations are a higher form of life.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “So how come a music publisher only has to pay $156 per track when filesharers have to pay so much more?”

    Because they’re corporations, silly. They’re *special*.

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