Pipe Dream: Songwriters Association of Canada’s $5 monthly fee for every Internet account proposal

“A proposal to add a $5 monthly fee to every wireless and Internet account that would allow music consumers access to all recorded music available online has been called a ‘pipe dream’ by the president of the Canadian Record Industry Association, Reuters and Billboard has reported,” The Globe and Mail reports.

“The Songwriters Association of Canada claims the plan… would raise $1-billion a year that would be distributed to artists, labels and publishers,” The Globe and Mail reports.

“CRIA president Graham Henderson said… ‘We don’t want to pursue what amounts to a pipe dream that is presented as a quick fix,'” The Globe and Mail reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Socialism is a pipe dream. Users who do not use the Internet for music would be unfairly forced to pay for those who do. Let capitalism work its magic, Canada.


  1. I don’t think this will happen of course, but it’s only because they are song writers. One only has to look at their phone and utility bills to see that both these companies and the government use this type surcharge to raise a lot more for themselves than the Canadian song writers are looking for.

  2. Yes, Capitalism is working its magic quite nicely, thanks:

    US gross domestic purchases: Real gross domestic purchases — purchases by U.S. residents of goods and services wherever produced — increased 3.3 percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 2.4 percent in the second.

    US gross national product: Real gross national product — the goods and services produced by the labor and property supplied by U.S. residents — increased 5.8 percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 4.0 percent in the second. GNP includes, and GDP excludes, net receipts of income from the rest of the world, which increased $25.9 billion in the third quarter after increasing $5.8 billion in the second; in the third quarter, receipts increased $32.0 billion, and payments increased $6.1 billion.

    US current-dollar GDP:Current-dollar GDP — the market value of the nation’s output of goods and services — increased 6.0 percent, or $201.7 billion, in the third quarter to a level of $13,970.5 billion. In the second quarter, current-dollar GDP increased 6.6 percent, or $216.9 billion.


  3. @Poo

    Capitalism at it’s best. Don’t like it, move.
    Compare our grocery stores with what Russia has.
    Compare our health care with what Canada has.
    Compare our retail stores with what Cuba has.

    Wanna get rich? Work hard, study, get a better job. Worked for me.

  4. just because the music industry has stead its products all over the Internet doesn’t mean they can now come tax users for it. What a B.S. claim! Hell, why doesn’t the publishing industry demand taxes for all the news stories circulating? And universities for all the research? And hookers, pimps and skanks for all the porn! Go Canada and their $10/month porn tax!

  5. Hey, I don’t like the plan either. Oddly, that puts me in the position of agreeing with the Canadian counterpart to the RIAA.

    My gripe is the typical xenophobic reaction in the MDN reply.

    US economy and $ are way(!) down… that was my point… cannot be said for our “socialist” country.

  6. poo,

    As evidenced by your total lack of understanding of components of the U.S. economy and the U.S. economy in general, it’s no surprise that you’re a socialist.

    My advice: leave economic theory to those who are better equipped.

  7. while this is a very bad idea in my mind….

    capitalism work its magic?

    you see todays inflation numbers on health care?

    the “invisible hand of the market” is choking people to death in america. wake up…..

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