p2pnet.net News:- For the first time in history, a Canadian prime minister has garnered the Top Place in the Juno Awards, a Canadian advertising event organized by the Big Five record labels to promote product.
Canada’s Liberal leader Paul Martin achieved the distinction when he told celebrities and wannabes at the awards, in Edmonton, Alberta, that the music industry is a part of Canada’s sovereignty, to ringing applause from Big Music PR hacks who are desperately trying to find ways to counter the defeat suffered by its CRIA.
The CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the major record labels, none of whom are based in Canada.
Like its US counterpart, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and all the other enforcement units around the world, the CRIA is tasked with finding ways to sue online music sharers who don’t buy Big Music product from Big Music backed and supplied corporate online music stores.
It has just failed in its attempt to get a Canadian federal court to issue an order which would have compelled five Canadian ISPs to reveal the identities of 29 people, each alleged to have been “illegally distributing hundreds if not thousands of music copyright files to millions of strangers”.
With an election coming up, Martin will be in deep trouble if it’s found he had prior knowledge of a Quebec sponsorship program that saw advertising firms friendly to his party get $100 million for doing absolutely nothing, or close to it.
Whether or not it’s discovered that he was aware of what was going on, he and his party have been seriously tarnished and need all they help he can get. Therefore, Martin is leaving no stone unturned and he’s well aware of how valuable the Support of the Stars can be.
Paul Anka was a teenie-bopper star of the 50s and he sang the ex-pm Jean Chretien out. Martin, on the other hand, got U2′s Bono to do the honours when he [Martin] was making sure he’d take over from Chretien. Bono, of course, loves it all and has slapped palms with the likes of Bill Gates and George W. Bush, among many others.
Anyway, every year the music industry offers up the Junos, so named after CRTC (Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission) boss Pierre Juneau who first imposed CanCon (Canadian content) on TV and radio in 1971. Good idea, but badly implemented, turning CanCon into an issue unto itself.
The awards are basically a love-in where nominees tell each other how wonderful they are and where Big Music gets to pretend there’s a Canadian music industry.
And now Martin, a devout admirer of things American, has declared that Big Music is a part of Canada’s sovereignty, we can no doubt look forward to interesting developments as the entertaimment industry continues to stomp everything and everyone it doesn’t like.
[Sovereignty = government free from external control - Ed]
Across the border, “Sharing copyrighted material is punishable by three to ten years in prison in a bill approved by a House judiciary subcommittee Thursday,” as a PC World story points out here. “The Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2004 goes next to the full Judiciary Committee for review. The committee could consider it within a month, according to a staff member.
“The congressional action is in contrast to a Canadian federal court ruling that peer-to-peer file sharing is not illegal.
“The proposed U.S. law would allow the imprisonment penalties for file sharing involving a total of more than $1000 in copyrighted works within a three-month period. Those who release copyrighted material for commercial purposes, or release material previously unavailable to the public, are the most severely punished. As an example, someone who sneaks into a movie theater with a camera intending to record and sell the movie on the street faces the harshest hard time and the highest fines.”
Will Canada now see similar plans mooted?
[p2pnet is based in Canada, and proud of it - Ed]