Kanadische Künstler gründen Interessenverband

Gestern war der Welttag des geistigen Eigentums. Hat’s jemand mitbekommen? Auf jeden Fall hat eine Gruppe kanadischer Künstler, darunter Broken Social Scene, Stars, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Billy Talent und Avril Lavigne gestern die Gründung der Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) bekannt …
Gestern war der Welttag des geistigen Eigentums. Hat’s jemand mitbekommen? Auf jeden Fall hat eine Gruppe kanadischer Künstler, darunter Broken Social Scene, Stars, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Billy Talent und Avril Lavigne gestern die Gründung der Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) bekannt gegeben, die künftig die Interessen der Künstler vertreten soll.

"Until now, a group of multinational record labels has done most of the talking about what Canadian artists need out of copyright. Record companies and music publishers are not our enemies, but let’s be clear: lobbyists for major labels are looking out for their shareholders, and seldom speak for Canadian artists. Legislative proposals that would facilitate lawsuits against our fans or increase the labels’ control over the enjoyment of music are made not in our names, but on behalf of the labels’ foreign parent companies.," heißt es auf der Homepage der Vereinigung.

Drei Grundsätze haben die Künstler formuliert, die bei der kanadischen Urheberrechtsreform berücksichtigt werden sollen:
"1. Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical
(…)Artists cannot expect to say, “see you in court,” and then, “see you at Massey Hall next fall.”(…)
2. Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive
Artists do not support using digital locks to increase the labels’ control over the distribution, use and enjoyment of music or laws that prohibit circumvention of such technological measures. The government should not blindly implement decade-old treaties designed to give control to major labels and take choices away from artists and consumers.
3. Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists
The vast majority of new Canadian music is not promoted by major labels, which focus mostly on foreign artists. The government should use other policy tools to support actual Canadian artists and a thriving musical and cultural scene."

Die Ausführliche Erklärung gibt es auf der Homepage der CMCC.

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