Hot on the heels of the news that the Canadian government plan to resurrect their version of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act the very people it claims to protect are speaking out, the musicians.
The proposed bill has received huge amounts of criticism for attempting to override the "fair usage" right to backup, copy, cite and analyse commercial works. Such a move will leave works such as mashups and satire in the legal black area should they fulfil the criteria of "distorting or mutilating a copyright performance." Even more worryingly, the law could make it illegal for those purchasing albums legally to copy them to their digital music players.
Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene had this to say: "The question is, who gains from this bill? It's not musicians. Musicians don't need lawsuits, we don't need DRM protection. These aren't the things that help us or our careers. What we do need is a government that is willing to sit down with all the stakeholders and craft a balanced copyright policy for Canada that will not repeat the mistakes made in the United States."
Backing BSS' position is the Canadian Music Creators Coalition which includes artists such as Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Broken Social Scene, Matthew Good, Metric, Randy Bachman, Billy Talent, Sloan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), The New Pornographers, Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Ronnie King (The Stampeders), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Three Days Grace, Andrew Cash and Sam Roberts. The groups main concern was that the bill was crafted without any involvement from Canadian stakeholders, instead focusing on requests from American lobbyists and groups like the MPAA.
For more information from the musicians group about the controversy, head to their website.