Canadian Songwriters Propose Music Sharing Plan
February 25, 2008 at 7:59 AM (PT)
The SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA revealed a proposal on THURSDAY (2/21) that would see every CANADIAN's monthly Internet bill increase by $5 in exchange for the ability to download as many music files as they choose. The SAC says its proposal, which would require federal approval, would wipe out the need for music-selling Websites such as ITUNES.CA and PURETRACKS.CA, making it legal for one person to share a music CD with as many people as he or she might wish.
"That's a very reasonable amount of money to legally, without fear of any legal repercussions, to be able to download that and share it with [whomever] you want to and as many times as you want," said SAC Pres. EDDIE SCHWARTZ. "On iTUNES to download one album, it's $10. This is half of that and this is pretty reasonable to have access to the entire repertoire of Western music."