Canadian Recording Industry Association

  1. Music Canada, Slaight Music Pledge to Unison, a Music Industry Benevolent Fund

    July 15, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Music Canada and Slaight Music have each pledged $250,000 (CAD) to the newly created Unison Benevolent Fund , which will become operational once $1 million (CAD) has been raised. Music Canada (until recently called the Canadian Recording Industry ...

  2. Canadian Recording Industry Association Changes Name

    July 08, 2011 1:49 PM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which formed in 1964, has officially changed its name to Music Canada. The non-profit trade organization based in Toronto will continue to represent the interests of Canada's major labels, E ...

  3. What Will Canada's New Majority Government Mean for Copyright Reform?

    May 05, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Monday's re-election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government in Canada to a majority stronghold means that there will be fewer impediments to get its legislation passed. One bill, which died March 26 when the general e ...

  4. Canadian C-32 Copyright-Reform Bill Dies (Again) With Election Call

    March 28, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Canada's copyright reform bill is defunct again. Bill C-32, which had gotten past the second hearing in November, afterprevious bills failed to move beyond the first stage in 2006 and 2008, died when a general election was called for May 2. P ...

  5. Copyright Reform Progresses In Canada

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bill C-32, Canada's copyright reform bill, has entered an important stage in Parliament in the capital city of Ottawa. Earlier this month, it got past a second hearing and yesterday (Nov. 18) a Committee of the Whole was formed, which will no ...

  6. What Does The Limewire Judgment Mean For The Industry?

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now what happens? After the summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement, that's the big question. If the RIAA pursues its request for an injunction, LimeWire will almost certainly shut down. ...

  7. Labels Facing $5.7 Billion Canadian Copyright Lawsuit

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST A lawsuit seeking class action status launched by the estate of jazz musician Chet Baker against Canadian major labels and publishers is seeking damages for unpaid royalties. The claim could reach $6 billion Canadian ($5.7 billion) for 300,000 wor ...

  8. IsoHunt Opts For Trial To Establish Legal Status

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian BitTorrent site isoHunt is taking legal action against the Canadian Recording Industry Association and its major label members in an attempt to establish the legality of its service. "We must fight the increasing noise we are drowned ...

  9. P2P isoHunt Loses Appeal

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peer-to-peer site isoHunt, one of the largest on the Internet, has lost the second round in its legal battle to be declared legal in Canada. The service, run by Richmond, B.C.-based Gary Fung, had sought to have a British Columbia court rule that ...

  10. U.S. Trade Report Adds Canada To IP Deadbeat List

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A report today by the U.S. government added Canada to a list of countries that fail to protect intellectual property. Canada joins the likes of Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela as countries with significant violations of c ...

  11. Canadian Music Week Kicks Off

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Music Week conference kicked off today (March 12) with industry leaders debating the role Internet service providers will play in the Canadian music business, as well as having Kiss bassist Gene Simmons flex his promotional muscle for ...

  12. CRIA Not Suing Torrent Site

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Recording Industry Association is not suing torrent site isoHunt.com as reported on various Internet sites and by the torrent site’s founder. Gary Fung, the Vancouver-based creator of isoHunt, a torrent site that has come under fire f ...

  13. CRIA Reveals New Ringtones Awards

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association has unveiled a new awards program for ringtones. The awards, which recognize platinum certification of ringtones that have been sold more than 40,000 times, and gold certification for those sold more tha ...

  14. Canadian Biz Hails 'Biggest-Ever' Piracy Raid

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A police raid on an alleged music piracy operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba has resulted in what the Canadian record business claims is the largest counterfeit bust in Canadian history. According to the Canadian Recording Industry Association, a firm ...

  15. Canadian Collective Won't Appeal MP3 Tariff Decision

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) says it will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that turned down an application to add a tariff to MP3 players. The levy of up to C$75 ($74) on MP3 players received approval from the ...

  16. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  17. CRIA: Digital Gains Lag U.S.

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a 73% gain in single digital track sales in 2007, the Canadian Recording Industry Association says digital sales still lag woefully behind that of the U.S. Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, said ju ...

  18. Canada's Copyright Act Revisions Get Shelved

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Revisions to Canada's Copyright Act, which were expected to be announced today, have been put on hold without any indication of when they might be introduced. The Canadian Conservative government under Industry Minister Jim Prentice had place ...

  19. CMRRA, CRIA Strike New Licensing Agreement

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. and the Canadian Recording Industry Association have entered into a new mechanical licensing agreement that will run through 2012. The deal, which was concluded after a lengthy negotiation, will ...

  20. Music World Owners Start Bankruptcy Protection

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST The future of Canada's Music World is in jeopardy after the market's largest domestically-owned music retailer filed for bankruptcy protection. Music World had previously been owned by the Pindoff family, which founded it in 1960 and sol ...

  21. Broadcasters Oppose 'Abusive' Royalty Structure

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today called for a resolution to oppose a new royalty structure proposed by Canada's record labels. The resolution, adopted at the organization's annual meeting in Ottawa, states that, " ...

  22. Report: No Connection Between File-Sharing, CD Sales

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST A new Canadian government study concludes there is no discernable connection - either positive or negative - between free sharing of music files on the Internet and the purchasing of compact discs. The study was conducted by University of London d ...

  23. CRIA Against Blank Media Levy

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an unexpected move, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has come out against a levy on blank media in a court filing, arguing the fees paid appear to allow for the justification of free downloading on peer-to-peer networks. CRIA, ...

  24. Canadian Report Calls For 'Emerging Artists' Definition

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A review of radio in Canada has recommended that the national radio broadcasting and music industries develop a framework to encourage airplay for new talent. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which regulates radio i ...

  25. Canadian Music Cafe Kicks Off

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Music Café, a concert series designed to showcase top Canadian musical talent and coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival, kicked off yesterday. The showcase, which is tagged as "where film meets music," has af ...

  26. HMV Canada Drops Prices

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT HMV Canada, the country’s leading music retailer with more than 104 stores, revealed today that it was cutting its catalogue pricing by up to 33%. "Lowering prices will lead to greater value and offer more to our consumers," said Humphre ...

  27. CIPRA Names New President

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) has appointed Duncan McKie as its president and executive director, effective June 4. He replaces Cori Ferguson who stepped down as the trade organization's executive director in ...

  28. Canadian Biz Suffers Dramatic Q1 Drop

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) reports today that shipments of CDs, music DVDs and other physical music formats fell an unprecedented 35% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006. This follows the larg ...

  29. Election Outcome Impact On Canadian Reform

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Biz ponders if Conservatives will overhaul law. While Canadian voters put an end to 12 years of Liberal government rule in that country Jan. 23, it's music industry has been left pondering if the newly-elected minority Conservative party will ...

  30. Canadian Music Industry Wants Sat-Radio Review

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Feds previously granted three licenses. The future of satellite radio in Canada remains unclear as a coalition of Canadian music industry organizations called today (Aug. 31) on the federal government to proceed with a review of the June 16 decisi ...

  31. Rogers Offers Full Song Downloads To Mobile

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT UMG, WMG have licensed music. Canada's largest wireless operator, Rogers Wireless, became the first carrier in North America to offer full-song, wireless music downloads to their mobile phones with the introduction of its Rogers MusicStore se ...

  32. Ontario Man Charged In Bootleg Case

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged a Hamilton, Ontario, resident with five counts of copyright infringement stemming from a June seizure of several hundred counterfeit copies of live conce TORONTO -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( ...

  33. Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Retainer

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer Phil Spector has filed suit against his former attorney and longtime friend Robert Shapiro, in an attempt to reclaim a $1.5 million retainer Shapiro took when he represented Spector in his on Phil Spector Sues Robert Shapiro Over $1.5M Re ...

  34. Ontario Man Charged In Bootleg Case

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Police seized thousands of pirated recordings. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have charged a Hamilton, Ontario, resident with five counts of copyright infringement stemming from a June seizure of several hundred counterfeit copies of liv ...

  35. Ontario Man Charged In Bootleg Case

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Police seized thousands of pirated recordings. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have charged a Hamilton, Ontario, resident with five counts of copyright infringement stemming from a June seizure of several hundred counterfeit copies of liv ...

  36. NYC Residents, Club Owners Battle Over Noise

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES--A New York City night-life ordinance is unlikely to see the light of day in 2004. But supporters say the law, which seeks to soften club noise for Manhattan residents, will eventually be Licensing Deals Abound In Wireless Market NYC R ...