Monopoly Rents: Canadian Collection Society Wants To Massively Increase Rates

from the silence-the-music dept

In the last few months, we've noticed that collections societies around the world are getting desperate for any possible way to collect more money. It's really stunning just how many of these sorts of stories we've seen, all over the globe. It's as if all the collections societies got together and said "how can we squeeze more money out of absolutely anything -- even if it kills off the golden goose," and then set about putting that plan into action. From Australia to Sweden to the UK to the US to Germany, we get story after story after story of incredibly short-sighted collections societies either (a) pushing the gov't to allow them to extort charge larger fees to venues or (b) massively expanding what they consider to be a public performance that requires a royalty. These societies are taking an incredibly short-sighted view. They're causing more and more venues to stop playing music altogether, thus harming everyone.

Mr. Tunes alerts us to the fact that this is now happening in Canada as well, where a smaller collection society, the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada, is demanding massive increases in fees, as well as an expansion of what's covered. Of course, SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, already collects fees in Canada, but apparently these are different fees -- and they're much higher than SOCAN's. When that fact is pointed out to the NRCC person, his response is simply that SOCAN's rates were too low. Apparently, they'd rather shut venues down rather than have them help promote music. Brilliant.

Filed Under: canada, collection society, music
Companies: neighboring rights collective


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    Dark Helmet (profile), 23 Jul 2009 @ 5:56pm

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    "Are Mexicans in America richer than those in Mexico? Yup."

    I don't about that one way or the other, but do you have any evidence to back that up? Particularly evidence accounting for unregistered Mexicans? Either way, I wasn't arguing that, so nice strawman. You called Mexico "poor", and that is inaccurate.

    "We live in a global economy. There is little justification for collecting but a pittance for artists if that isn't in line with the reality in other parts of the world. This is doubly so in a place like Canada with it's CanCon rules and special regulations to try to artificially support Canadian music."

    I'm not sure what any of that has to do with my question. This idea of getting in line with our INTERNATIONAL partners in terms of our NATIONAL policy is patently ridiculous. At best it's undermining our sovereign nation's best interests. At worst it's pandering to international corporations.

    "I don't know if you should spend 3 years studying history, 3 years studying international business, or 6 years to get the whole picture. It's safe to say that in this day and age, we don't live in an economic vacuum. Unbalances in the system means that sites like allofmp3 can sell music at rates significantly lower than other countries because of economic unbalances. Left unchecked, that does have an affect on other countries."

    Way to start off answering an honest question by talking down to me. I've studies plenty of history, thank you. Far less international business, but I'm getting there. In any case, the problem with that argument is that it seems backwards. You say that we have to be in line with our global partners, but then complain when our global partners' businesses charge less than us? Why does this whole influence from others thing only work when the fees and prices go up?

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