With the associated copyright concerns — another technology at risk: CRTC must consider musicians’ rights in radio hearings: recording industry [pdf]
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is holding hearings this week into bids by three consortiums that all want to offer the striking new radio technology on a subscription basis.
Satellite radio, growing in popularity in the United States and Europe, promises crystal-clear sound and a wide range of choices with little or no advertising.
But it raises many fundamental questions about Canadian content and how best to support homegrown artists in a medium that doesn’t recognize borders.
The technology can also open the door for outsiders to pirate music - essentially stealing from artists, complains Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
“Latent in this technology are very significant threats to creators of music,” Henderson said in an interview Tuesday.
Before it licenses any or all of the bidders, the CRTC should first demand they put in place technology to prevent broad theft of music by listeners building massive digital libraries of music, said Henderson.
Looking at the MyFi XM Radio, it appears that there are already some efforts along these lines — I don’t see a digital output port, do you? (Delphi press release)
Luckily, he won’t be the only one heard from:
Besides, the recording industry is pushing its demands for copyright protections too far, said Michael Geist, a law professor specializing in technology-related issues.
Copyright is designed to offer some protection while allowing personal use of music or texts but the recording industry is over-tipping the balance, said Geist, who teaches at the University of Ottawa.