"No other industry in the world would accept giving away their product without being compensated fairly," says Lou Ragagnin, CEO of Re:Sound, a not-for-profit music licensing company in Canada.
That's why the group is calling on lawmakers in Ottawa to update the country's Copyright Act to "meet the realities of the 21st century," including changing the definition of a sound recording to allow performers and record labels to be fairly compensated when their music is performed in movies, television, and other audio-visual content, as well as removing the $1.25 million exemption from the Canadian Copyright Act so radio stations can fairly compensate Canadian performers and record labels for their work.
"Canada is home to many world-class performers and makers in the music industry, but many continue to struggle because these outdated provisions mean they are not fairly compensated for their work," Ragagnin says in a press release.
"We are seeking legislative changes that will lead to market-driven solutions for Canadian music creators that do not require additional government funding," adds Florence K, a multi-lingual Canadian recording artist who hosts a music program on CBC Radio One and CBC Music.
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Florence Norman founded Sweet Cavanagh, an award-winning peer-led aftercare social enterprise based in Notting Hill. The company hires women and trains them how to make and design jewelry. However, these women are in the process of recovering from eating disorders and addictions.