The Canadian Loophole In The RIAA's Plan
from the whoops dept
While we've discussed the Canadian "music copying levy" before - which charges an additional fee on every blank CD and tape sold in Canada to compensate the music industry should those items be used to copy music (or, to be honest, even if they're not used for that purpose). However, I hadn't necessarily thought through all the consequences for how this law which effectively legalizes file sharing in Canada could impact the RIAA's sue your customer strategy in the US. The RIAA is going after "supernodes" - those who are offering up the most songs for download. However, if those supernodes all move to Canada, where, technically, they're legal, people in the US can still download from them. The writer suggests that this "Canadian hole" is a huge one that's not likely to close - and it doesn't appear that the RIAA realizes what's likely to happen. Of course, the RIAA will probably claim that the Canadian law is being misinterpreted - but it's going to involve quite the extended lawsuit for that to be determined (and they very well might lose). The writer suggests the RIAA consider "plan B" and look towards business models that involve embracing file sharing.