Stop Corporate Music Piracy

We're for songwriters
and musicians

Right now, Bill C11, the Copyright Modernization Act is before Parliament. While well intended, we believe Canadian artists will continue to be robbed of their hard earned money as long as the bill continues to allow corporations to profit from enabling our digital music to be pirated.It's time to stand up for Canada's greatest natural resource. Her creativity.

Why we care

Songwriting and music publishing is an important Canadian business that contributes significantly to Canada's culture, economy, and tax base. The very foundation of our business is copyright. Copyright law is what enables free markets for creators and rights owners to get paid for their work. ole is Canada's largest full-service music publisher, and among the largest in the world, with over $100 million invested in music copyrights. Not surprisingly, any proposed copyright legislation is of great interest to ole, and the taxpaying families of the employees and songwriters who depend on our business.

The Problem

Bill C-11, the recently introduced Copyright Modernization Act, will do immediate and long-term damage to the livelihood of songwriters, musicians and their investors, without delivering on the promise of its name by updating our laws to effectively deal with the digital age.

There are solutions

Broaden the "Enabling Provision" (more)
  • Bill C-11 contains the seed of a solution, but does not go far enough.

  • The Enabling Provision was intended to "make the enabling of online copyright infringement itself an infringement of copyright", but it is so narrowly written that it will only affect the most egregious pirates.

  • It should be broadened to include all of the industries that profit by enabling the public to access music, not just the obvious pirates.

Don't touch the "Broadcast Mechanical Right" (more)
  • Existing legislation enables songwriters and musicians to be compensated for digital use of their work by radio broadcasters. It is a clear example of a law creating rights that in turn enable a marketplace. This important revenue stream is currently $8 million per year, and will effectively disappear under Bill C-11.

Extend the Private Copying Right to the digital realm (more)
  • Canada needs to catch up. There are over 40 countries around the world that have a private copying regime that includes digital media and devices.


If the Enabling Provision were effectively written, there would be a marketplace solution rather than a levy. However, creators must be compensated for use of their work, and if the Enabling Provision is insufficient, Private Copying must be extended to the digital realm.

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Oct 2011

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June 2012


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