Sunday, October 25, 2009

The (legal) music fades out for Canadians; Globe and Mail, 10/20/09

Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail; The (legal) music fades out for Canadians:

The world has gone digital but legitimate download sites shun Canada in part because of licensing problems

"There are good reasons for Canada to embrace reform - and not only because the Americans and Europeans are pushing Ottawa to do it.

The world has gone digital. And there's now an explosion of legitimate download sites in the U.S. and Europe, including ground-breaking music sites and But you can't use them in Canada.

These and other businesses are choosing to bypass the market entirely, in part because of licensing problems.

And the creative industries that produce music, software and the like - industries that contribute significantly more to the economy than BitTorrent sites - may also shun Canada if nothing is done.

That hurts Canadians, and most people don't even know it's happening."

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