P2Pnet: In a post about a musician deciding to give away her music for free and rely on donations there's an interesting perspective from someone arguing against the figures produced by the Canadian Recording Industry association.
There's a current problem in the music industry where a few foreign (European and US) major labels control 95% of the Canadian market for recorded music and yet have less than 2% of Canadian musicians signed to them. We now have a situation where that 2% can make a living, but everyone else can't.
This is a serious situation that needs to be corrected.
Each time the 98% makes any headway the "math wizards" at CRIA come out with some questionable statistical study to suggest they're loosing money to "theft". In fact, like their software counterparts, these studies don't differentiate between copyright infringement and competition. We need to get politicians to understand that these foreign corporations only represent ("own") less than 2% of Canadian musicians, and we need music policy that supports the 98% that are currently pushed out of the loop.
This is a definite problem, and is also part of the argument against putting a levy on CDs and distributing the money to the recording industry -- it omits those independent artists who are not signed to a label...