On October 24th, music publisher ole launched its Stop Corporate Music Piracy campaign with a full-page ad in the Ottawa Hill Times. At the same time a companion website ProtectCreativity.ca was unveiled and the message was delivered via posters to all 308 Canadian Members of Parliament.
The Copyright Modernization Act – Bill C-11 – will fail Canadians because it does nothing to stop the ISPs, search engines, advertisers, websites and device manufacturers who profit from enabling music piracy. It’s time to stop the plundering of one of Canada’s greatest resources namely the creativity and innovation of songwriters and musicians.
The goal of the Stop Corporate Music Piracy campaign is to convince the Conservative Government to recall or amend Bill C-11. As written the Bill:
- Protects technology, broadcast and Internet companies that profit from piracy;
- Eliminates existing rights of songwriters and musicians; and
- Fails to help the legitimate marketplace for digital music.
“Songwriting and music publishing is an important Canadian business that contributes significantly to Canada’s culture, economy and tax base,” stated ole President Michael McCarty. “The current bill does nothing to help create the conditions required for a fair and open market where rights owners can negotiate appropriate compensation from those who profit from our music.”
McCarty adds, “The Bill has a clear bias in favour of the technology, broadcast, and Internet industries. Under the banner of ‘protecting innovation’ it allows these industries to monetize their innovations on the back of ours, without the creators being fairly rewarded. Discriminating is favour of one group of industries over another does not serve the interests of Canadians”.