On June 9, AustralAsian Music Industry Directory publisher Phil Tripp‹often referred to as a music business analyst by media‹independently submitted a proposal to a broad range of music industry associations to support a change to the Copyright Act. This would allow consumers to legally copy their purchased music for personal use only and also compensate recording artists & songwriters through implementation of a blank media and digital music player levy system.
The proposal asks support at Board level for this scheme to be submitted to the Federal Government by organizations including Association of Independent Record Labels (AIR), Music Managers Forum (MMF), Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), Musicians Union, Music Council of Australia (MCA), Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP), Community Broadcasters Association (CBAA), songwriter associations, state-based music peak bodies & genre based organisations (folk, country, jazz, Christian, etc.) Replies will be passed on to relevant Ministers & government departments
The tradeoff is to reimburse recording artists & songwriters for the right to copy by a minor levy on blank recording media as well as on digital players‹which operates most successfully in Canada as well as 25 other G-7 or European Union countries. This way of compensating music creators and their investors--typically record labels & publishers‹has already been proposed in 2003 by the songwriters' Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Screenrights which are key collection societies. It is no secret that the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA)‹the trade association primarily representing multinational record labels‹is vehemently opposed to this progressive, innovative program.