Thursday, April 17, 2008

Canadian content rule obsolete?

Doing a bit of catch up on my newspaper reading, and came across this column by Rob Breakenridge on the growing proof of the obsolescence of the CRTC's Canadian Content requirements for Canadian radio.

Here's a bit:

No one can force music consumers to have 30 per cent Canadian content loaded on their iPods.

No one can force downloaders to ensure that 30 per cent of their peer-to-peer swaps are Cancon.

There's certainly no way to regulate Internet buzz; to ensure that 30 per cent of online chatter is devoted to Canadian artists.

But guess what? Canadian artists are being listened to, downloaded, uploaded, purchased, talked about, swooned over, written about, and appreciated.

All because the artists are talented and the product is in demand.

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