Music industry hates anti-spam laws

Michael Geist sez,

The business opposition to Canada's anti-spam and spyware legislation has added an unlikely supporter: the Canadian Recording Industry Association, now known as Music Canada. The organization has launched an advocacy campaign against the law, claiming that it "will particularly hurt indie labels, start-ups, and bands struggling to build a base and a career." Music Canada is urging people to tweet at Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore to ask him to help bands who it says will suffer from anti-spam legislation.

Yet Music Canada's specific examples mislead its members about the impact of the legislation. It wrongly claims that bands and labels won't be able to contact venues or stay in contact with fans. To top it off, the industry that introduced lawsuits against individuals for file sharing (CRIA members first commenced such actions in 2004) and brought us the Sony Rootkit debacle is now concerned with lawsuits against its own members for failing to abide by an anti-spam and spyware law.

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  1. Nonsense, a well maintained mailing list, with people who opted into to your newsletter is far more valuable to anybody building a seriouse fanbase. Anti spam laws do not hurt that at all.

  2. Cory,
    Don’t call CRIA the “music industry”. That just plays into their propaganda. The music industry is the people who actually make music. CRIA are just the people who exploit the music industry for all it’s worth.

  3. Canadian independent artists are not represented by organized crime groups, nor their attempt to portray independent artists as spammers.

    Anyone claiming to represent independent artists for their competition would get what they deserve, in the end, which is coming…  quickly.

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