Harper Letter to Music Canada on Budget Day Confirms Copyright Extension the Product of Industry Lobbying – Michael Geist

This makes me wonder why, in a democracy, lobbying has been legalized. Equally bad is the way this favor was buried in an omnibus bill, where all sorts of unexamined legislation is pushed through along with the more visible stuff. I suppose in a country where 39% gets you a majority, we should expect this sort of thing. I envy those of you who live in more advanced countries, and I hope we mature some day. – rjb

The government’s decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings in the budget may have taken most copyright observers by surprise, but not the music industry. I’ve posted earlier on their extensive lobbying efforts on the issue and how the extension will reduce competition, increase costs for consumers, and harm access to Canadian Heritage. The record of lobbyist meetings gives a hint of the reasons behind the extension, but a letter sent by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that I recently obtained suggests that it all it took was a letter from Music Canada President Graham Henderson to the Prime Minister.

Source: Harper Letter to Music Canada on Budget Day Confirms Copyright Extension the Product of Industry Lobbying – Michael Geist

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