Don't Play Our Record, You Canadian Bastards

from the release-schedule?--what's-that? dept

I'm almost thinking that this "controversy" is half-drummed up to get attention for a famous musician's side-project... but, Cliff writes in to let us know about a radio station in Victoria, British Columbia (that's Canada for those who failed geography) that was playing a song that had been released in the UK and was available for sale on the internet. They apparently got the song and have been playing it on the radio. Part of the confusion is that it's not at all clear how they got the song. In the submission, Cliff claims the radio station bought the song. In the video on the site, the radio station claims they downloaded it from the band's site -- but as of right now, the band only offers a streaming version, not a download one. Either way, the record label putting out the album has demanded the radio station stop playing the song, and according to the submission, today sued the station -- even though they had decided to stop playing the song (along with other songs by the musician). It would be nice if there were a few more details to back up this story. However, it does highlight another issue that record labels seem to be having trouble understanding: the internet makes your business global pretty quickly. Trying to set up different release schedules for different geographies doesn't work. Plenty of radio stations have been known to play songs released in other countries -- so this could just be a record label overreacting, a quirk of Canadian copyright law... or a weird publicity stunt. Either way, we'd like to see some more info on what's really happening here.


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    Ben, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:00am

    Career suicide?

    so they are trying to piss off the people who bring them to the public's attention? hmmm. sounds like a sure fire way to make sure won't hear your song, either cause they are annoyed with you or cause they didnt hear it over the radio they normally would have. smart.

     

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    Yawni, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:06am

    Oustanding!

    That's five minutes of my life I'll never get back.

    Way to omit any and all relevant information, names, facts and bring this thriller to a fiesty end by stating the incredibly obvious: The Internet - Huge Circulation Potential.

    Who knew?

    Do us a favor and just start making up news - and give us a handy URL to make us go somehwere else to get the actual (fake) info.

     

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    Tyler S, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:11am

    Doh!

    That's like having a MySpace site to promote your band but restricting it to people that only live in the UK. Definite career suicide!

     

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    Jared, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:22am

    Don't Play Our Record, You Canadian Bastards

    Well....I like the title

     

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    RIAA, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:23am

    Re: Career suicide?

    Not at all. RIAA, Sony and the recording industry morons have long been working hard to piss off artists, customers and cripple all new forms of distribution.

    Despite absurd lawsuits and failing to grasp the huge market of the internet, treating same as evil plague, people simply find another way to listen.

    The good news? Traditonal broadcast is dying under the weight of it's own greed and people are tuning out in record numbers as they
    discover better net speeds and endless content available without
    being infested with lawyers and threats.

    Oh, and stupid commericals - we sure will miss those.

     

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    Adam, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:30am

    this band doesn't 'get it'

    the first poster got this right - this band needs to relish in the fact that they are getting airplay in a county miles away - it will inspire sales of their music and popularity, not the opposite.

    i wish i had this problem with my music, i give it away free and still don't get airplay...

    -adam singer (www.agsinger.com)

     

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    Dave, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:32am

    Re Career Suicide

    Don't look a gift horse in the teeth. Proverb by Grandma.

     

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    Dave, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:33am

    Re Career Suicide

    Don't look a gift horse in the teeth. Proverb by Grandma.

     

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    Dave, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:38am

    Re Career Suicide

    Don't look a gift horse in the teeth. Proverb by Grandma.

     

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    Dave, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:38am

    Re Career Suicide

    Don't look a gift horse in the teeth. Proverb by Grandma.

     

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    OCanada, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:45am

    WHO doesn't get it?

    Isn't the real story here that a CANADIAN radio station
    thought paying a few bucks for some no-name song and then
    tossing it on Heavy Rotation - was a great idea?

    It's as purely Canadian as it is pathetically stupid.
    Who's running this station - Rocky or Bullwinkle?

    Canada. Still not getting any smarter.

     

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    AARP, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:49am

    Re: Re Career Suicide

    Granny Dave,

    Call the number on the bottle and tell whoever answers that you
    think the Ritalin is working way too well.

    And please - don't reply.

     

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    Mike (profile), Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:52am

    Re: Oustanding!

    Way to omit any and all relevant information, names, facts and bring this thriller to a fiesty end by stating the incredibly obvious: The Internet - Huge Circulation Potential.

    Um. We brought you the *relevant* facts of what happened. The name of the band we left out on purpose, as that would obscure the actual story, and play into the publicity aspect, if this were just a publicity stunt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:53am

    in response to post # 11, "Canada. Still not getting any smarter."

    ...at least they aren't Americans - because we all know that Americans are teh smartest.

     

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    Free Hat, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:56am

    Re: this band doesn't 'get it'

    Come on Adam. Nobody wants anything free.

    Stop giving it away man, you'll catch something.
    Look at Geroge Micheal. I don't even know what that means
    but let it be a lesson to you.

    I wanted to check out your link but you just seem way too
    over-confident for me. Almost cocky.

    If you didn't sing and just played like, a backup oboe what would your last name be then?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:57am

    Re: Oustanding!

    in response to #2.

    If you wanted to find out more information regarding Mike's summery , why not click on the link that Mike provided inside his summery? It's really not that difficult - all the reference tools for more information on the summery have been provided to you.

     

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    Teh Smartest, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 11:59am

    Re:

    Yes. Oui are teh smarterer ones.

    And we have an air force.

    Don't mess with..wait. Actually we're a little busy
    right now so we'll have to get back to you.

     

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    Noel Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:04pm

    Re: Re: Oustanding!

    Did you ever think that just maybe a man may have vacationed in Ottowa recently where he was mauled by a drug-crazed polar tiger
    thus requiring the painful amputation of my mouse hand?

    Did ya think of that Mr. Brave Two Hands?

    Yeah. I'd like to click a link just like the rest of you...
    Suppose you tell me how to do that with a right-handed mouse
    and only a left-hand?

    bastards.

     

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    Adam Singer, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:06pm

    Re: Re: this band doesn't 'get it'

    You need to do some research! My *real* last name is Singer, and I do not sing. I play the keyboard and am a composer/producer of jazz/electronic music, a genre that doesn't get any exposure except on the internet, XM radio, and through CD's.

    Did this guy really just make the comment of

    "If you didn't sing and just played like, a backup oboe what would your last name be then?"

    that's a joke, right?

    -adam singer (www.agsinger.com)

     

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    Aw, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:11pm

    Re: Re: Oustanding!

    I'm going to pretend you didn't defend your story - placed here on the hugely circulated Internet for all to read, by saying you didn't want to call attention to anyone involved. (unless we click on the link you helpfully provided)

    And you pretend I'm not really wearing a huge floppy cowboy hat and fishnet hose while typing.

    We'll just agree that it's all silly.

     

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    oboe, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: this band doesn't 'get it'

    Look man, I was just trying to get you ANOTHER post with
    link to your site. We gotta get your name out there baby.

    It was all just a clever publicity stunt, see? We major label
    record execs do this trickery thing a lot.

    But the edgy conflict thing is working - any second now a story
    will apear about our very public feud and then I'll sue you.

    We'll be rich, Adam Oboe. And then we'll buy you your very own sense of humor.

     

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    ZOMG CENSORED, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:21pm

    Shitty Music = Court/Jail Time

    I guess it's finally come to a point where the people who listen to really shitty music are getting punished for it... Court time for these dj's playing music by the talentless Jack White, Jail time for people who share Ryan Adams music...

    Musical Karma's a bitch...

     

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    Adam Singer, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:25pm

    hah...

    even techdirt has drama - and up until today it seemed like just some good discussion...the trolls are everywhere, apparently

    and i just started a website, sue me for attempting to gain some readership, im a newbie to this internet thing ;)

     

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    electricMayhem, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Don't Play Our Record, You Canadian Bastards

    Yup....title did it for me tooo.....who cares about record companies....so far up their own rear passage they haven't seen the real world for years.....

     

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    Adam Xylophone, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:50pm

    DON'T STEP

    oboe...oboe...

    WAIT! I GET IT!

    thats funny! "buy you a sense of humor" I almost fell out of my seat.

    and I refuse to click on his link. stickin' it to da man...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Oustanding!

    RTFA!

     

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    Jimmy Z, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Career suicide?

    Must be an emo band....lol

     

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    No Face, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Oustanding!

    There is a setting in Windows XP, and in Mac OSX that allows you to switch the mouse buttons around. I did this for a woman in my office who is left handed and was always confused by which button to press.

    So you have no excuse Mr. One Hand Willy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 2:20pm

    emo band....career suicide...

    rotfbmalfo (rolling on the floor because my artificial limbs fell off)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 2:38pm

    I love the comments on here: the discussion goes from "Radio station issued C&D for playing something they should have been able to play" to "Canadians and Jack White suck."

    While both points may be valid, neither point is really RELEVANT here. Ugh!

    Me, I'm glad that this kind of situation's getting larger exposure; one more brick in the wall, I guess.

     

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    krached, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 2:41pm

    Unless Canadien law is quirky

    There is no right to broadcast music simply because you have purchased the song. Where is there evidence that the reason for the letter is because the record company wanted to release the album organically. Looks like the radio station took a few too liberties and got their hand slapped.

     

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    Adam Singer, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 2:45pm

    this is why all musicians

    need to be registered with ASCAP

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2006 @ 3:08am

    AARP

    The last time I checked there was free speech here. At least my post was relevant to topic, not an ad hominem.

     

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    Scratch, Mar 17th, 2006 @ 5:19pm

    Canadian Bastards

    I guess some musicians have the same old mindset as the record labels. Maybe, if this guy was lucky, some big time music producer like David Foster was in town to visit some relatives and heard the song before it was pulled, if he was lucky. Or maybe some other musicians like Nelly Furtado or Hot Hot Heat had a chance to hear it before he shot himself in the foot... doubt it.

     

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    Mr Rat, Mar 17th, 2006 @ 10:16pm

    Re: this band doesn't 'get it'

    Like your site - see this free advertising shit really works - just thought I would suggest that you license under a creative commons license http://www.creativecommons.org

    the copyright notice on your site and the 'take whatever you like and share with your friends' are a direct contradiction

    cheers

     

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