So – one wonders whether the Canadian Government will really try to etch into stone a maximalist form of protection for a minimally useful and – more to the point – largely unworkable and dysfunctional technology that the industry itself is leaving behind as fast as it can.
And as fast as one can spell C-R-I-A.
When automobiles came into being, the horse and buggy industry learned to adapt.
The rail industry adapted to airplanes.
IBM moved beyond typewriters and main frames – though their delay was extremely costly.
But the record industry remains stuck on a one hundred year old model that maxed out in the 1980′s with the $25 dollar CD.
Those days are over – and the Canadian government should let the fertile and creative part of the music industry and Canadian citizens, consumers and music fans move on.
We don’t need legislated protection for harnesses and buggy whips.
Howard Knopf – Excess Copyright
[Knopf is an Ottawa-based copyright lawyer who's been lead counsel on legal challenges both at the Copyright Board and in the Courts against the excesses of the music industry establishment. He's regularly quoted in the mainstream media and acted against the CRIA in the file sharing litigation, and continues to act against the CPCC, in which the CRIA is still a major stakeholder, on the levy front.]
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