Sam Roberts Just one of Many Speaking Up

Published: 2006-05-02
Canadian Music Creators are speaking up to let the Canadian government know their views on Canadian copyright legislation.

The group, which includes a 'who's who' of Canadian musicians, including the Barenaked Ladies, Broken Social Scene, Sarah McLachlan, Sum 41, Billy Talent, Sloan, Sam Robert's, Chantal Kreviazuk, her hubby Raine Maida of OLP, and many more Canuck talents are speaking out against the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association), whom they say doesn't necessarily represent their interests.

According to the CMCC website the group has three main guidelines: #1. Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical - saying that fans shouldn't be unfairly punished for sharing music for non commercial purposes. #2. Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive - the Coalition states that "Consumers should be able to transfer the music they buy to other formats under a right of fair use, without having to pay twice. And finally, #3. Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists - encouraging the Canadian government to do more to help Canadian musicians.

On May 1 the Coalition had a press conference at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern attended by all members of the Barenaked Ladies as well as Leslie Feist and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. The musicians touted the benefits of file-sharing, saying many of them wouldn't be where they are now without fans swapping their songs.

For more info on the new coalition, a full list of members, and more details on their mandate check out their website

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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