Music Industry Doesn't Need More Government Protection

Michael Geist, Feb 21, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When the recording industry calls opponents of copyright extension 'communist' or, in this case, 'comrade', it is to hide their own dependence on the big hand of government to defend their interests. Canadian Recording Industry Association president Graham Henderson, for example, recently "argued that the industry was fundamentally opposed to proposals that would replace a market-oriented approach where sales determine revenues with new alternative compensation systems." The day the Canadin recording industry is ready to free itself from government interference, it should let us know. We could then end the subsidies and grants, end the enforcement of their copyrights, end Canadian content legislation. Or, on the other hand, it could learn to live with the idea that law is intended to support the interests of everyone in society, not just the music publishers.
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