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Musicians don’t want American approach to copyright reform

Briefs | 10/22/2007 2:18 pm EDT

In the wake of the October 4 judgement against Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two from Minnesota who was ordered to pay a penalty of $220,000 US for downloading 24 songs, the Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is renewing its calls for the Canadian government to ensure a made-in-Canada approach to copyright reform. "When the Canadian Record Industry Association says 'copyright reform' what they really mean is ‘give a free hand to sue fans who download like they have in the US,'" said CMCC representative and Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page in a release.  "We hope the government has a better solution in mind." The CMCC is believes a more effective legislative approach to peer-to-peer technology would be one that accepts current technological and music-business realities. Added Page: "It's short-sighted to say ‘See you in court' one day and ‘See you at Massey Hall' the next. If record labels want to try and sue fans, we hope that they'll have the courtesy to stop trying to do it in our names."

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