Randy Bachman on Canadian Jobs and the Copyright Modernization Act

One of the gamechangers this year in the music business is the alliance of unions representing workers in the entertainment industry. The same is true in Canada, of course, and we’re looking forward to ACTRA and the Canadian Labour Congress. Billboard reports that Randy Bachman, the legendary Canadian guitarist, had this to say in the Globe and Mail:

“Digital piracy is responsible for the 50 per cent reduction of Canada’s music recording market. Even so, cultural industries – production, marketing, and retail – represent 3.8 per cent of Canada’s GDP. Cultural industries employ 633,200 Canadians – more than the forest products industry. The entertainment industry’s ability to remain healthy and continue to deliver content to consumers in innovative ways is dependent upon a copyright framework that both discourages massive online piracy and encourages legitimate commerce. That’s why Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, needs to be taken seriously as a starting point for moving Canada’s copyright protections into the digital – and Internet – age.”