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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Recording Artists Just Don't Get The Internet!

Representatives from the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) are urging the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) to regulate internet and new media. "We don't want to force Canadians to watch anything. We want to make sure they have access to Canadian content," says Paul Spurgeon, SOCAN's vice-president, legal services and general council. For their part CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein said that the hearings must "respect the principles of openness and individual choice that govern the internet while maintaining access to, and for, Canadian stories, opinions and ideas," adding "It's different than traditional media ... We are not in that universe anymore, yet you are asking me to regulate based on that old model," At least someone gets it...

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