Consumer To Industry - Free Music Previews Please
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Updated from previous version

It is my belief that the majority of consumers that download music free from P2P are simply previewing music, as supported by a May 2007 survey commissioned by Industry Canada.

The results of the survey, which are accessible by clicking here, cleary supports the assertion that the majority of music consumers in Canada purchased CDs and paid music downloads, while less of 30% of the people surveyed used P2P services for free downloads - The majority of which have purchased either CDs or downloads.

In order to have definate statements on losses, the music industry must determine the amount of P2P downloads are actually resulting in a loss sale :

  • How many downloads failed to result in an eventual sale in the other formats.
  • How many downloads were of recordings they don't currenly sell or never sold in a digital format
  • How many downloads are of material they own
They failed to provide this infromation and substatiate their claims that downloads result in significant losses.

I believe this would be the best time for Canadians consumers to voice their opinions and concerns to Federal Heritage Minister Josée Verner, Minister of Industry Jim Prentice and their local members of parliament. They should be made aware that a large percentage of Canadian downloaders are consumers and any new legislation should reflect this fact.

Please send your polite, postage free comments to :

The Hon. Josée Verner
House of Commons
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

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The Hon. Jim Prentice
House of Commons
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

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