Canadian Big Content spokesjerk says the public domain is against the public interest

Michael Geist writes, "On World Book and Copyright Day, it is worth noting how Graham Henderson, the President of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association) characterized the government's decision to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings and performances:"

"With each passing day, Canadian treasures like Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie are lost to the public domain. This is not in the public interest. It does not benefit the creator or their investors and it will have an adverse impact on the Canadian economy."

Leaving aside the fact that Sainte-Marie's songs are not in the public domain and won't be for decades, it is remarkable to see lobby groups claiming that increasing access to works is somehow counter to the public interest.

Canadian Recording Industry: Works Entering the Public Domain Are Not in the Public Interest [Michael Geist]