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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  1. identicon
    Garfiode, Jan 26th, 2006 @ 9:18pm

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    Finaly a record labal that has recignized the right course of action.

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    Mousky, Jan 26th, 2006 @ 9:21pm

    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.

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    Alex, Jan 26th, 2006 @ 9:35pm

    Re: Not Surprised

    It was only a matter of time. Would have been nice if the RIAA was sued more, though.

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    Enrique, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 12:03am

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    thanks to god the corporativewise behaior of those money grubbing freaks has some resistance. I wish I could have a basis to sue them too. Sadly that is the way things work not only in music, but in everything else that carries money and power. Way to go for the canadian label!!!

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 1:35am

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    Is it at all possible to propose marriage to a record label?

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  6. identicon
    Jerry, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 3:47am


    Imagine that!
    A politician that is worried about being deaf.
    What's next?

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  7. identicon
    nullsmack, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 6:24am

    Re: Huh!

    Really! Next thing you know someone will post a comment in response to one article in a completely different one!

    What is this world coming to?

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 8:01am

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    U nede two lurn how too spel.

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    Stephen Tillman (profile), Jan 27th, 2006 @ 8:47am


    boo-freakin-yah. I hope that the fan truly enjoys the vidication once it's settled. Now I'll have a smile on my face for the day.

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    haggie, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 9:39am

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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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  11. identicon
    Erik, Jan 27th, 2006 @ 10:01am

    Re: Not Surprised

    If you had any contact with Nettwork you'd see how great a company they are. My friend works there and they have always been a fantastic employer who care about the industry, employees and customers. They realize that you can't fight the tide. You have to work with it.

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