Canadian Music Creators Coalition: A New Voice

A New Voice
We are a growing coalition of Canadian music creators who share the common goal of having our voices heard about the laws and policies that affect our livelihoods. We are the people who actually create Canadian music. Without us, there would be no music for copyright laws to protect.

Alarm bells are going off all over the place and it’s great to see in Canada, musicians are speaking out … before it’s too late for Canadians.

Consumers in the US have been sued aggressively by the US lobby group, the RIAA. And thankfully, Canadian musicians are seeing the writing on the wall due to recent CRIAA moves in the same direction and they wish to make their thoughts known in regard to the destructive and hypocritical law suits against their fans, the risky and counterproductive digital locks that take away fair use and the ability to allow consumers to transfer music they buy to other formats without having to pay twice. They also note that cultural policy should support actual Canadian Artists and protect them from exploitation.

Great thoughts.

Another great piece on this was done by Ryan Paul at arstechnica.com, entitled: Canadian musicians create consumer-friendly coalition. Thanks to epp_b at Scot’s Newsletter Forum for posting this great article.

In the article,

Concerned by highly restrictive DRM technology and the escalation of lawsuits that target consumers, the CMCC wants to promote intellectual property law reforms that will prevent the recording industry from trampling on consumer rights:

Multinational record labels are vocal in their desire for changes to copyright laws that would facilitate lawsuits against our fans and increase their control over the enjoyment of music. To our alarm, the labels advance these demands not merely on their own behalf, but in our names as necessary for the well-being of individual Canadian musicians in the digital age. Today the people who actually create Canadian music are speaking out for themselves.

Back in 2003, on OpenP2P.com, there was an article entitled: A Musician’s Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing by Miriam Rainsford. In this piece – in 2003 mind you – three years ago, Miriam wrote,

Final Thoughts

As musicians, we have a natural tendency to turn any situation to creative advantage, but our attempts are being frustrated by those at the top, who don’t wish to lose their increasingly unstable monopoly over the production of music. William Gibson, in a speech at the Director’s Guild to America, compared the evolving situation in digital distribution to the medieval feudal system, with the record companies as our patrons, feeding off our hard labor. We as musicians are tired of being subject to the whims of middlemen, who take a greater cut from our earnings than is reasonable. Like the medieval peasants, we are seeking change and revolution; but when musicians revolt, they do so with creative flair. We are exploring solutions such as mediAgora and copyleft licensing as a means by which we can return the balance of power to where it rightly belongs, with those who create the music.

Miriam Rainsford is a composer, singer and songwriter in classical, electroacoustic and underground dance music.

In one of the comments, TigerPaws writes:

Fair Use Artist’s music “Delete Middle Man”
2004-12-24 21:56:45 TigerPawz

For artists that wish to break free of the Controllers that supply their music to the masses.. I belive creating new music “songs” and using Copyleft Licensing to promote these songs will infact help the artists break free and become their own middleman in the long run.

Artists for our Listening pleasure, Please take up
Copyleft Licensing and thinks of P2P as a new method to promote your music to the masses! Only then will you gain more by cutting costs for which the Big 5 have been making off you all.

Thats my 2 cents of an opinion.. Hope it gets heard.

TigerPawz

And another comment by ssauble:

Times Are A-Changin’
2004-03-18 14:04:11 ssauble

I think a closer examination of the evolution of the music industry is well-needed.

Profit should occur mostly from performance, as it has for centuries.

There are reasons why small artists struggle to rise into the spotlight. Music is power. It has fallen among the hands of CEOs. I believe this is crucial in understanding the actions of the big-5.

One thing, I believe, is sure. We must not lend them a docile ear. We must uphold and respect the aspects of humanity and the core values we intuitively retain that shape and form our virtue. Commercialism is a spit in the eye to art, to God (in whatever form), to human perseverance.

Music and Art must be upheld in the education of our youth. We must teach our children how to be human, how to pursue wisdom. We must teach our children to question institution, as in Emerson’s words, they are only the lengthed shadow of another man.

Yes, there is much to be considered.

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