For years the CRIA and other music industry groups have supported the media levy because it generates revenue from “personal use” that was still derived (hopefully) from commercial music sales. For instance, the levy was seen as an ideal solution to the “problems” that stem from users ripping CDs and building digital music libraries using music that they had purchased. Now even that basic use is looking suspect in the CRIA’s eyes, even though it has nothing to do with piracy at all. Why? It’s the technology!
“We are moving into an environment where everything will be either copy-protected or mostly copy-protected,” Henderson said.
What’s that got to do with it? As I’ve argued time and time again, it’s the whole story. Digital Rights Management, to repeat my argument, is not about stopping piracy, but about shutting down fair use. The aim of shutting down fair use is simple: the copyright owners want to nickel and dime users. Barbara Caplan, co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Fair Digital Access, put it in other terms:
“Get rid of the levy and let the marketplace fairly compensate copyright holders through the use of DRM and technical protection measures,” she said.
It’s what we’ve all been saying all along! And Ken Fisher has repeatedly hit the mark as have others such as Cory Doctorow and the EFF.
This is turning into a real nightmare across the globe!
Thanks epp_b from Scot’s newsletter forum in this topic for bringing this to our attention.