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“The score means jobs” . . . hmm . . . #ldnont music scene seminar @LMC

- January 7th, 2013

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Graham Henderson addresses the London Chamber of Commerce in 2010, courtesy of londonchamber.com

JBNBlog has fond memories of a 2005 music industry seminar at the London Music Club a few years back when the late Jack Richardson and his son, Garth, shared wisdom at a JRMA event that should have been put on video. Congrats to Greg Simpson who helmed that session & others & OIART’s Lynne Dubuc who has taken on the assignment for the JRMA.

So with the Simpson- and Dubuc-led sessions in mind, it’s intriguing to find out there is a (non-JRMA) music industry seminar this week, on Thursday at 2 p.m. Details follow.

The only name JBNBlog recognizes from the music biz itself is Graham Henderson . . . president of Music Canada (formerly CRIA) . . .

Here’s is a bit of QMI Agency coverage from back in 2007:

Toothless copyright legislation and recent court decisions that suggest personal file-sharing may be legal in this country have conspired to create a lawless free-for-all that’s siphoning millions of dollars and hurting the music scene, industry officials charge.
“We’re in a funny little bubble in Canada,” contends Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which represents the major record labels. “And we’re in that bubble because we don’t have modern digital laws. We don’t have a consensus of what’s right and wrong.”
It’s a stark contrast from the situation south of the border and overseas. In Europe, police have raided and shut down file-sharing sites. In America, the industry has fought back with a series of controversial lawsuits. Just last month, a 30-year-old Minnesota woman was ordered to pay $222,000 to six record companies for sharing 24 songs (though she had more than 1,700).
Here in Canada, where CRIA claims there are more than one billion illegal downloads per year, two landmark decisions have hamstrung the industry’s efforts to launch 29 similar suits. In 2003, the Copyright Board of Canada ruled that downloading music from P2P networks for personal use was legal. The next year, Federal Court Judge Konrad von Finckenstein took a similar stance, even questioning whether uploading files was breaking the law.
“The mere fact of placing a copy on a shared directory in a computer where that copy can be accessed via a P2P service does not amount to distribution,” Finckenstein wrote. “Before it constitutes distribution, there must be a positive act by the owner of the shared directory, such as sending out the copies or advertising that they are available for copying.”
More recently, the industry has focused on lobbying Ottawa to put more teeth into Canada’s copyright laws — something the Harper government promised in last month’s Throne Speech That’s good news to CRIA – but not to many of Canada’s musicians who rely on fans’ goodwill for their survival.

. . . & here are some details about Thursday’s event & the #ldnont folks “who will discuss the the future economic potential of London’s music scene.  Where are we? What can we be?  What do you hear?”

 

LONDON’S MUSIC SCENE – WHAT DO YOU HEAR?

Strike the Right Note ¯ The Score Means Jobs

 

When:           Thursday, January 10th 2013 
Time:           2:00 pm
Where:          London Music Club 
                470 Colborne Street
                (Limited parking in front or metred parking along Colborne Street)

 

London has a vibrant, active and growing music scene.  Many musicians support venues, festivals, events, and a growing recording and production sector.  Add in music’s part in a creative economy, the key to attracting and retaining talent, and it all adds up to a vibrant jobs-producing economic hub.

Chris Bentley, MPP London West, invites you to hear what Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association), Gerry McCartney, President of London’s Chamber of Commerce, Peter White, President of LEDC, John Winston, General Manager of Tourism London and others think of the future economic potential of London’s music scene.  Where are we? What can we be?  What do you hear?

Hope to see you there. 
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Chris Bentley            
MPP London West          

<<Invitation.pdf>>

Please RSVP:    Chris Bentley’s Constituency Office

        519-657-3120           

                                Cbentley.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org


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