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Entertainment: Musicians want their say in copyright laws Black Habits Articles Don’t even think about suing music fans.

That’s the message a group of musicians sent yesterday to federal politicians who are starting to draft new laws to toughen copyright laws.

Some of the proposals could make it illegal to share music online, leading to lawsuits. “For a very long time we, as artists, have allowed industry groups to speak on our behalf.

We want that time to stop,” said Barenaked Ladies’s Steven Page at a news conference at the Horseshoe Tavern, flanked by members of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition. “We need a seat at the table.

We need to be part of this copyright legislation when it is drafted.”

The coalition — first announced last week — is a lobby group that includes a who’s who of Canadian celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Sam Roberts, Randy Bachman and Sum 41.

The new group comes as the lobbying effort intensifies for Bev Oda, the new Canadian Heritage minister, to introduce tougher copyright legislation. Major Canadian labels want the power to go after highvolume digital music sharers through the courts like their counterparts in the United States.

In Canada, the laws make it impossible to prosecute for similar behaviour. Page said it should stay that way because “we would rather see our fans in concert than in court.” - The Canadian Press
Posted on Wednesday, May 03 @ 00:00:00 UTC by jcohen

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