(Our previous article
was the first upset.)
This time, Canadians
have made the top ten list of countries that are “out to get” the content industries.
They share this
dubious honour with the following countries.
Priority Watch List
country specific pdf reports.)
last month, Nate Anderson at ARS Technica said
US copyright industries have declared war on Canada, and they want the US government's help in fighting the battles.
We, that is I,
was/were under the impression that only a sovereign nation could commit to a
declaration of an act of war.
Yet, I am forced to
agree with Ars Technica. In an article
last year we defined war as;
the ages has been traditionally declared for the acquisition by one sovereign
state (or Warlord) of another’s (sovereign state or Warlords') possessions.
The legitimacy of the process is provided for by the Charters and Constitutions
of nearly all of the World Governments.
Definition (US site)DECLARATION
OF WAR – An act of the national legislature, in which a state of war is
declared to exist between a nation and some other nation. This power is vested
in Congress by the Constitution, There is no form or ceremony necessary, except
the passage of the act. The public proclamation of the government of a state,
by which it declares itself to be at war with a foreign power, and which
forbids all and every one to aid or assist the common enemy. A manifesto
stating the causes of the war is usually published, but war exists as soon as
the act takes effect. It was formerly usual to precede hostilities by a public
declaration communicated to the enemy, and to send a herald to demand
satisfaction, but that is not the practice of modern times.
If the content
Industry with its own peculiar accounting systems, offshore bank accounts for
the receipt of licensing and royalty fees, international lobbyists (Content
Industry Ambassadors) to all Governments isn’t a recognized Independent State,
it should be.”
Nate Anderson's article was in
reference to the Intellectual Property Rights Alliance (IIPA) report (All Countries TOC)
released earlier this year that recommended that Canada remain on the 302”
watch-list for failing to bring to update it’s legislation in line with other
countries (the USA).
IIPA report stated
regrets to report that its statement in the 2007 Special 301 report – submitted
three years ago –
disappointingly, true today: “Canada remains
far behind virtually all its peers in the industrialized world with respect to
its efforts to bring its copyright laws up to date with the realities of the
global digital networked environment. Indeed, even most of the major developing
countries have progressed further and faster than Canada in
meeting this challenge.”
I blogged about Canadians buying more music per capita than the Americans:
Music Industry DB the Nice Way or the Facist Way”, we said;
Despite a 47%
sales decrease to 172.000 copies, Madonna's best of compilation 'Celebration'
holds the top spot of the global album chart for a second week. In 3 weeks on
the tally the album moved nearly 700.000 units. Michael Bubl's new set 'Crazy
Love' follows close behind at no.2 with 169.000 copies. After only 3 days at
retail in North
album sold 132.000 in the USA and 37.000 in Canada.
Difference Canada wins by 298.39%
So 298.3% more
sales per capita of population than the USA which we would guess isn’t on President
Obama’s Black List. [sic: The 301 watch-list]
result is not exclusive to those statistics. Overall according to Michael
Geist’s blog article,
Soundscan has just released the Canadian
music sales figures for 2009. Notwithstanding the regular claims that
the Canadian digital music market cannot develop without copyright reform, the
Canadian market grew faster than the U.S.
market for the fourth consecutive year. As the chart below
demonstrates, digital music sales have grown faster in Canada than in the U.S. in every year since 2006:”
Canadians are buying more music per
capita than US natives, what exactly is the problem?
possibly that the Canadians have decided to let the content companies duke it
out amongst themselves?
In The P2P Liberation Tax, we said;
In Canada, the Government has elected to ignore the
industry infighting. Their distribution of collected blank media royalties is
There-in lies the
rub. The Canadian Government has set a value of only 15.10% on the
non-performing and non-publishing Music Industry’s input.
FAQ of Re-sound Canada (the
Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair
compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights.)
Q3: What is equitable
A: For many years Canadian composers and authors have received royalties from
the broadcast or public performance of their songs. These royalties are
collected by SOCAN. In 1997 the Copyright Act of Canada was amended to acknowledge the essential
contribution of artists and record companies in the creation of recorded music
and to add a right to equitable remuneration for artists and record companies,
which is in line with similar rights in the rest of the world. This right to
equitable remuneration is sometimes also called a “neighbouring right”.
The rights to
equitable remuneration are the rights of artists (including feature performers,
background musicians etc) and record companies to be paid fairly for the
broadcast and public performance of their works.
already established above that the maximum was:
So now we
know why the industry is so hot under the collar.
are used to having it all it’s hard to understand a Government that favours
Artists and Publishers over distributing record companies.
Howard Knopf (well known Canadian Copyright lawyer) on his
blog, Excess Copyright, said in
an article on Feb 16th 2010 (in
reference to Canada being
listed on the 301 watch-list);
- Canada already has much stronger copyright
laws in many ways than the USA;
- These stronger laws result in significant dollar outflows that
greatly favour U.S. interests with little or insufficient
benefit for Canadians;
- There is no verified and reliable evidence of piracy or
counterfeiting problems in Canada that are any worse than in other
comparable countries. In fact, the largest and most accessible market in
North American for pirated and counterfeit consumer products remains the
streets of mid-town and lower Manhattan;
- The alleged deficiencies in Canada's laws regarding file sharing
have not been proven in any Canadian court and the music and film
industries have taken no serious initiative to do so, despite having been
given a green light to proceed by the Federal Court of Appeal in 2005.
Instead, they lobby for US DMCA+ type laws. Indeed, much of the alleged
copyright problem that the music industry complains about in Canada is a
direct result of its own successful wish for a rich private copying levy,
the result of which has included the effective legalization of music
downloading in this country, according to comments by both the Copyright
Board and the Federal Court. The music industry has proven only that it
ought to be careful what it wishes for, not that there is any need to
change Canadian law
gives 21 examples of how Canadian Copyright law is tougher and different than
reading….. http://excesscopyright.blogspot.com/2010/02/annual-301-parade-ustr-calls-for.html halfway
down the page).
a problem in Canada that
warrants the attention of the IIPA and inclusion of Canada on the
the Canadian Government intervened and made sure that Canadian Artists and
Producers were taken care of in advance of overseas interest, whilst
protecting, in same cases more thoroughly the interests of artists and content
shame that other Governments are not as patriotic towards their own local