During the last Canadian election, there was plenty of attention paid to Sam Bulte, who was in line to head up some of the government's position on copyright laws and reform -- but who had a relationship that seemed a bit too close to the industry. Perhaps because of all of that attention, Bulte lost in the election, but the recording industry knows that politicians come and go, and there are always ways to get in the good graces of whoever is next. Michael Geist is now noting that just as the new cabinet was being sworn in, a representative of the recording industry was contacting the new folks in charge of copyright laws, trying to set up a private event, that involved having the government give the industry money to do one of its traditionally biased studies. Of course, as all of this was playing out, more and more Canadian musicians have been fighting back against the industry that claims to represent them, saying that the industry is damaging their relationship with the fans, as well as their own ability to embrace new technologies. So why is it that only one segment of the industry, and not the actual musicians or consumers, get to play a part in these private meetings designed to set the future of copyright laws?
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