In 1975, CRIA introduced a program to certify record sales in Canada according to the classifications "gold" (50,000), "platinum" (100,000), and, beginning in 1978, "diamond" (1 million). Gold and platinum certification for singles was reserved initially for sales of 75,000 and 150,000 respectively. By 1983, however, requirements had been reduced to 50,000 and 100,000.
The Statistics Division of the association collects and disseminates technical, statistical, and other information considered to be of general interest to members of the industry. For albums where lyrics are too explicit for mainstream distribution, the association established a "Parent Advisory Labelling" system. A substantial portion of Music Canada's budget is put toward curtailing piracy and counterfeiting. Music Canada's Anti-Piracy Division investigates and initiates action in response to piracy, lobbies for federal legislation for effective anti-piracy protection, participates in anti-piracy programs across Canada and internationally, conducts anti-piracy awareness programs for replication companies in Canada, administers the Source Identification Code (SID) for Canadian CD manufacturers, educates federal, provincial, and local law enforcement agencies in the identification of unauthorized sound recordings, and monitors the marketplace and the Internet for copyright infringements.
In recent years, due to dramatic retail losses because of on-line piracy, Music Canada's has assumed a crucial role in the recording industry. In 2003, Canadian music publishers, record labels, and on-line distributors of sound recordings (Napster, MusicNet, and the Canadian-owned Puretracks) entered into a licensing agreement to establish new on-line services offering CD-quality songs for pay. Alongside these legal online business models, the association has designed and implemented several public-education initiatives, including the Value of Music public-awareness campaign aimed at teens, and has targeted "instant messages" to unauthorized file-sharing service users. In 2004, the association took legal action in a case brought before the Federal Court of Canada, when it filed motions to force five Canadian Internet service providers to disclose the identities of subscribers alleged to have distributed thousands of digital music files over public networks.
Author Alexis Luko
Links to Other Sites
Search for album details, audio and video clips, and special features about your favourite classical performers at the ANALEKTA website.
With this online collection of digitized charts from RPM, visitors can check out the rankings of their favourite tunes of yesteryear. From Library and Archives Canada.
The independent classical CD industry in Quebec
This 1999 article offers an overview of the independent classical CD industry in Quebec from La Scène musicale.
Check out the Music Canada site for the latest news about major companies and key issues in the Canadian music industry. See also music videos featuring some of Canada's leading performers.
Quebec Musicians' Guild
The Quebec Musicians' Guild serves the interests and professional needs of free-lance musicians in the province.
Geist: An unofficial user’s guide to the coming copyright bill
A news story about implications of proposed copyright legislation. From thestar.com.