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Copycat Canadian Recording Industry Takes Gunslinger Approach of American Cousins

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Canadians can no longer afford to be smug when it comes to downloading music from the internet. The Canadian Recording Industry (CRIA) equivalent to the RIAA has announced it will follow the American example of pursuing file swappers in court.

    “On Monday, the country’s biggest music producers will ask the Federal Court of Canada to order Internet service providers, which include Canada’s largest communications companies, to hand over the identities of customers that share music over the Internet. The dispute promises to be a tense showdown pitting the fate of Canada’s music industry against the privacy rights of Internet surfers.”

I suppose it was only a matter of time. :-(

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  • Jim Carruthers

    There are a number of issues which prove CRIA is even more stupid than the RIAA, the first of which is their feeble standing as a lobbyist group, nearly nonexistent. Effectively they have no money, and there is no payola slush fund to draw upon. The individuals running CRIA are there because they are incompetent in the business and called in favours for a pension.

    They have a long history of wishing for circumstances which have unintended consequences, i.e. a tariff on recordable media, which then gives legal sanction to copying. Since CRIA represents foreign record companies, and there are Canadian content regulations and subsidies for Canadian acts (which are loss leaders unless the act gets signed in the States. Compare Nickleback to Tragically Hip) they have no political conconstituency. There is also the stink of price-fixing hanging over them which they are eager to avoid attention being paid. Also, Universal, Sony, Warners, EMI, BMG are mainly distribution warehouses which have the threat of their business being handled out of Indianapolis cheaper than out of Ontario if the dollar climbs much higher.

    There is also the Privacy law which came into full effect at the beginning of this year. So far only Videotron (which is only in Quebec) has said they will be eager to turn over names. The national ISPs – Bell, Rogers, Shaw, are many times bigger than the entire music business in Canada, and have many times more to lose both under sanctions from the privacy laws, and opening them up to a barrage of legal action across the media spectrum. The music industry in Canada is insignificant and ineffective.

    Where they will screw up if they get their writs is they are asking for names of uploaders. So if they are successful, what will be established is the threshold for what is permissible to share online, and where the files reside. So they get their singing frog again. And of course make Canadians aware that CRIA hates them.

  • BB

    Excellent synopsis Jim. Couldn’t have said it better myself :-)