Canadian Record Label To Pay For Teen's Lawsuit Against The RIAA

from the nice-work dept

One of the big lies from the RIAA during the last few years is how the only reason they’re suing people is to “protect the artist.” It’s pretty clear that they’re really just protecting their own business model — which often involves screwing over the artist. In fact, a few years ago, some musicians were thinking of suing the record labels for not getting any of the money the RIAA was getting from these lawsuits. If it was really about “protecting the artist” then shouldn’t some of that money be flowing to the artists? Well, now it appears that one Canadian record label is fed up with the RIAA. After receiving a letter from a fan of one of its artists who is being sued, the label, Nettwerk Music Group, has agreed to handle her fight against the RIAA. Yes, you read that right. A music label will be fighting on behalf of a teenager in her lawsuit against the RIAA. The label’s CEO is quoted as saying: “Litigation is not ‘artist development.’ Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love. The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists’ best interests.” While, in some ways, this is partly a publicity stunt for the label — it certainly does show that the RIAA does not speak for the entire music industry, and that’s a good thing.

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Mousky (user link) says:

Not Surprised

Most independent record labels in Canada despise both the RIAA and the CRIA since both associations represent multi-national entertainment corporations. In Canada, independent labels are represented by the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA).

Visit the RIAA and CRIA websites, then vist the CIRPA website. See any glaring differences? Anti-piracy and legal/illegal text dominates the RIAA and CRIA sites. On the CIRPA site, there is a small link under News about Peer-to-Peer settlements. That is it. No scaring customers. Just plain talk about who they are and what they do. How refreshing.

haggie says:

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Support Nettwerk Music Group artists…

Barenaked Ladies
Billy Talent
Brand New
Butterfly Boucher
The Devlins
Susan Enan
Fear of Music
The Format
Griffin House
Jars of Clay
Chantal Kreviazuk
The LeeVees
Leigh Nash
Kristian Leontiou
Toby Lightman
Matt Wertz
Melissa McClelland
MC Lars
Sarah McLachlan
Men Women & Children
Pezz (early Billy Talent)
Steven Page
The Perishers
Adrienne Pierce
Robert Post
Josh Rouse
State Radio
Sixpence None The Richer
Sum 41

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