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Canada’s Broadcasters Cry Radio Wolf! Again.

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Funny how Canada’s Broadcasters have launched a public “information” campaign that makes a number of astoundingly false claims about Canada’a proposed copyright bill C-32 that is currently making it’s way through the legislative process.

Big fat lies:

  • Local Radio at risk without Bill C-32
    – Remember CTV’s Save Local TV campaign? Same billshit, only thicker
  • Claims millions of dollars will leave Canada robbing Canadian artists of their fair share
    – Since when did Canadian broadcasters give a shit about Canadian artists. They’ve sent millions lobbying the government for even more ways to screw Canadian artists out of royalties. In 2009 they claimed to have paid Canadian music artists $51 millions dollars on $1.5 BILLION in revenue!
  • Canadian Broadcasters generously shared only 3.4% of their revenue with artists that contributor virtually 100% to their programming!
  • UPDATE:  The Canadian Broadcasters are actually supporting one aspect of C-32 – the elimination of the Broadcast Mechanical Royalty which has been a source of income for Canadian Artists for a decade. The broadcasters FALSE claims that the money goes into the pockets of “Big Recording companies outside of Canada” since up until late 09 there was no such tariff being paid to Master owners. This has been a steady stream of income to artists on Indie and major labels alike.

Check this slice of utter bullshit from the CBA’s website. The graph below is trying to compare the cost of music and “social growth” – whatever the hell that is – to declining radio revenue. I think the decline radio revenue is linked more to shitty programming and the rise of the Internet. To some how try and link radio’s decline to bad copyright laws is pure and simple hokum! And even despite the decline, Canadian radio broadcasters enjoyed revenues over $1.5 BILLION in 2009! Pretty tough slogging eh!

Local radio is in it’s death throws

Anyone who listens to “local” radio which is now mostly owned and by Canadians largest broadcasters or cable companies knows just how desperate they’ve become. Like Canadian television their programming is stuffed to over following with nauseating self promotions and incredibly bad local advertising. Local operations in most markets have become regionalized with only skeleton crews remaining in most markets. But hey, according to the CBA local communities would shrivel and die without local radio!

Canada needs balanced and fair copyright laws that DO NOT allow for vendors to lock down the products we PURCHASE with DRM (Digital Rights Management) locks that Bill C-32 will make ilegal for you to unlock, despite having purchased the product.

I strongly urge every interested Canadian to visit Dr. Michael Geist’s website. Here’s his brief bio from his blog:

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Dr. Geist has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law and was a member of Canada’s National Task Force on Spam. He is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen. Dr. Geist is the editor of In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, published in 2005 by Irwin Law, the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, on the Canadian Digital Information Strategy’s Review Panel, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.

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Written by mattliving

February 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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