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Songwriters rewrite bid for legalized file sharing

In November 2007, the Songwriters Association of Canada shocked the music industry and many Canadians by proposing music file sharing be legalized. The proposal was based on the premise that file sharing was not going away, that lawsuits do more harm than good and the continued emphasis on digital locks to control copying has failed completely...

The voluntary approach – which resembles elements of a plan the Electronic Frontier Foundation began promoting in 2003 – should remove the consumer concerns associated with stiff monthly fees for non-music sharers. While some artists may reject the plan, the SAC is betting most will participate given the opportunity to benefit from a new source of revenue.

Monday, March 23, 2009
Toronto Star

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